Items by Lissa James
On Washington's Olympic Peninsula, the once-lucrative floral greens industry is floundering as its immigrant workers face deportation.
Lissa James learns about solitude in places as diverse as an apartment in downtown Paris and a ranch in rural Wyoming.
Environmentalists have been working with Washington foresters to keep small tree farms in business, but the treaty between the two remains a fragile one.
Lissa James figures that, with so many other get-rich-quick schemers exploiting the West’s need for water, she should have no problem selling her new book, How to Turn Catastrophe into Cash.
The Forests and Fish plan was supposed to help both salmon and the timber industry in Washington State, but clauses in the agreement may tilt it against wildlife
California farmworkers fight for stricter regulations on hand weeding, only to find themselves at odds with organic farmers.
Some say that Washington’s Forests and Fish rules could be so hard on small timber farms that the owners are likely to sell out to development, to the detriment of salmon and other wildlife
A Northwestern family finds itself in the midst of heated controversy over ecology and economics when it has to decide how to manage its timber farm
Scientists may have found a radioactive "hot spot" at the former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant near Denver, soon to be home to a wildlife refuge
An ambitious highway construction project has been put on hold in Port Angeles, Wash., following the discovery of the state’s largest prehistoric village
Inspired by Oregon’s Measure 37, a private-property rights group in King County, Wash., is fighting to repeal recently adopted land-use ordinances
Cross-country skiers and environmentalists clash with a heli-skiing company over use of the Tri-Canyon area in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains
The writer listens to heated arguments about logging the extended family’s oldest and most valuable trees
In response to Oregon’s recently passed Measure 37, Bend, Ore., adopts a rule that allows people to sue their neighbors if nearby development reduces property values
Environmentalists and some of his own biologists say James Lecky sold out the endangered fish he was charged with protecting, but NOAA Fisheries has just given him a promotion
California creates the Sierra Nevada Conservancy in order to funnel state money toward buying and protecting land in the region
Sandia National Laboratories wants to monitor the nuclear waste in a Cold War-era landfill just outside Albuquerque, rather than excavate it or try to move it elsewhere
- Keith Barefoot on California’s recent rains won’t fix its other, very big problem
- David W Hamilton on The House wants to change how regulations are made
- Alexander Clayton on California’s recent rains won’t fix its other, very big problem
- Mark Rozman on U.S. House changes its rules to ease federal land transfers
- Adam O\'Neill on Colorado’s controversial plan to kill predators