Items by Jim Stiak
Eugene, Ore., boasts a concentration of conservationists perhaps unmatched in the rest of the country.
Clearcut logging allows rain to wash away the gravel salmon need for spawning. The loss of shade also can raise the temperature of the water to lethal levels.
Federal officials recently announced plans to dilute the Endangered Species Act and continue logging the owl's habitat.
Scientists have discovered that old-growth forests, far from being biological deserts, are among the most complex ecosystems on earth, habitat for dozens of animals that might not be able to survive anywhere else.
As the effects of last year's congressional compromise trickle down to the ground and the ancient forests of the Northwest continue to fall as fast as ever, conservationists and politicians have been wrestling to draft new legislation that would save the remaining trees.
In Oregon, ranchers, academics and environmentalists are managing watersheds of small creeks with chainsaws, fire and cattle to bring those creeks back to life and save an endangered trout.
Twenty-four people were arrested July 11 while protesting the logging of old-growth forests in southern Oregon's North Kalmiopsis area.
It wasn't until timber sales planner Jeff DeBonis was transferred to the Willamette National Forest -- the biggest timber-producing national forest in the country -- that what he saw made him open his mouth.
Larry Wineberg makes the biggest birdhouses in the Pacific Northwest by blowing Douglas firs in half.
Above, there once was a mountain; below, a new one is rising, a jumbled mound of steaming magma. Surrounding it, striped spires of rock shoot 2,000 feet straight up from the bottom of North America's most famous volcano.
With the discovery that it may help cure cancer, a long-ignored tree has become the center of a lively debate in the Pacific Northwest.
- William Bryan on Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought
- Carl Reese on Five Western waterways worse than the orange Animas
- Steve Snyder on The Endangered Species Act's biggest experiment
- Ray Ring on Montana farmers start talking climate change
- Wayne L Hare on Dispatch from a medic on the North Star Fire in Washington