Items by Jim Stiak

House of Garbage
A new house in Missoula, Mont., showcases recycled building materials.
Logging firms rob a lax agency
Forest Service practices permit logging fraud by the Columbia River Scaling and Grading Bureau.
WPPSS's endless saga
After Trojan closes, Oregon's last nuclear power plant faces an uncertain future.
Oregon's Trojan horse
Oregon's Trojan nuclear power plant closes permanently after charges of safety violations.
How to repack and shut Pandora's box
The decommissioning of the Trojan nuclear power plant may serve as a model for other plants.
Eugene: A gathering of green energy
Eugene, Ore., boasts a concentration of conservationists perhaps unmatched in the rest of the country.
Why logging and salmon don't mix
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.
Raw-log export ban helps Northwest
Trees cut on state lands in the West can no longer slip past local mills onto foreign-bound ships.
Bush team quick-kicks the spotted owl issue to Congress
Federal officials recently announced plans to dilute the Endangered Species Act and continue logging the owl's habitat.
The most complex ecosystems on earth
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.
Ancient forest protection: Groups plot political strategies
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.
Bringing back the range
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.
The old growth fight and logging go on
Twenty-four people were arrested July 11 while protesting the logging of old-growth forests in southern Oregon's North Kalmiopsis area.
Forester challenges his agency to a discussion
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.
Dynamiteer makes instant old-growth
Larry Wineberg makes the biggest birdhouses in the Pacific Northwest by blowing Douglas firs in half.
It is very early springtime on Mt. St. Helens
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.
Cancer strikes indirectly at the slow-growing yew
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.
An attempt to save the last 10 percent
In one of the more contested timber sales last year, 20 people were arrested while demonstrating against the logging of 63 acres near Detroit, Ore.
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