"My favorite wood for carving natural wood sculptures is Rocky Mountain Juniper, Juniperus Scopulorum (of rocky cliff or crags). This juniper is also known as Colorado Juniper, Rocky Mountain Red Cedar, Western Juniper (Badlands Cedar or just Cedar as the local ranchers here in Montana call it). "

Juniper is found scattered throughout the Rocky Mountain States and has been greatly utilized by cattle ranchers since the late 1800's for fence posts due to its availability and because it can stay in the ground for decades. It is said that there are "Cedar" fence posts still in use today that have survived the ravages of time and weather for nearly a century.