Items by Mike Stark
Yellowstone National Park’s cutthroat trout, already threatened by illegally introduced lake trout, are now facing increasing danger from whirling disease
Residents of Packwood, Wash., want to attract tourists with a rebuilt highway through Mount St. Helens National Monument, but conservationists and scientists say the road would impact wildlife and be dangerous and geologically unstable.
Under the Clean Water Act, aquatic pesticides can no longer be used in public waterways without a federal permit.
In Oregon, a plan to selectively log the Clatsop and Tillamook state forests is supposed to improve habitat for the threatened northern spotted owl, but conservationists have their doubts.
The largest wind farm in the world is being constructed on the Oregon-Washington border near Walla Walla, Washington.
The Clinton administration's final Northwest salmon plan is tougher than earlier versions, but still stops short of dismantling four federal dams on the Snake River.
After 10 years of studies, an Army Corps of Engineers plan to deepen 100 miles of the Columbia River shipping channel is in trouble.
The Nature Conservancy wants to buy Ellsworth Creek, a Washington watershed near the mouth of the Columbia River that is valued as a "typical Northwest forest ecosystem."
Northwestern hatcheries now kill excess hatchery salmon to prevent captive-bred fish from weakening wild species, but critics, including some Indian tribes, say this is wasteful and unnecessary.