Items by Pepper Trail

A bird’s eye view of wildfire
A bird’s eye view of wildfire
Ecologically important blazes are a crucial part of Western landscapes.
There’s nothing normal about ‘the new normal’
There’s nothing normal about ‘the new normal’
The phrase is the linguistic equivalent of a shrug.
Animals’ advice for surviving trying times
Animals’ advice for surviving trying times
Are you the political equivalent of an armadillo, ant or tiger?
Logging isn’t the solution to our wildfire problems
Logging isn’t the solution to our wildfire problems
We can’t ‘solve’ fire any more than we can ‘solve’ hurricanes.
Why I obsess about the names of plants and animals
Why I obsess about the names of plants and animals
Naming things makes individuals out of a landscape of birds, trees and bumblebees.
Chasing the rarest bumblebee in the world
Chasing the rarest bumblebee in the world
A group of Oregonians searches for the disappearing Franklin’s bee.
There’s no Brexit from our climate problems
There’s no Brexit from our climate problems
A rant against the mindless pleasure of simply smashing something to see what happens.
The view from the top of the food chain
Give the fossil fuel industry free rein!
Ten lessons from the American Robin
Hot Mess and other fears for the future
Hot Mess and other fears for the future
How we worry about a dystopian future.
Why we don’t "get" climate change
Why we don’t "get" climate change
Does humanity’s poor time-depth perception explain our lack of environmental coordination?
Look! Shooting stars!
Look! Shooting stars!
A naturalist’s advice: pay attention
Heading out of fall's impending darkness
Heading out of fall's impending darkness
As winter approaches, the author heads to the mountains in search of light.
Pondering change in the Great Basin
Pondering change in the Great Basin
Paleontology and geology at Summer Lake, an ancient lake bed in Oregon, have shown the Great Basin's history of dramatic change
No longer the safest place
No longer the safest place
One ideal corner of the Northwest can’t escape environmental impacts from the rest of the world.
Survival of the worthless
Survival of the worthless
Let's hear it for the sagebrush solitude of the West -- especially those places most Americans consider "worthless."
The way the West was can be seen again
The way the West was can be seen again
Watching sandhill cranes gather on the Platte River in Nebraska is like stepping into a time machine that takes you back to an unspoiled, wild West.
Birding, fast and slow
Birding, fast and slow
If Pepper Trail's Birdathon team had a theme song, it would be "Bat out of Hell."
Bear witness to climate change
Bear witness to climate change
To imagine what your corner of the West will be like in a warmer climate, consider how different plants and animals are at a lower elevation.
Cow-free at last
Cow-free at last
A ground-breaking agreement between ranchers and environmentalists means that Oregon’s beautiful Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is virtually cow-free.
An octopus wants to eat the West
Pepper Trail says a proposed energy corridor for the region will chew up huge amounts of public and private land: Comments are due by Feb. 14.
You can’t stop nature
Pepper Trail warns us that we continue to tinker with nature at our peril.
The BLM plays with fire in Oregon
Pepper Trail says the BLM’s preferred alternative for an Oregon forest will only increase the risk of wildfire.
When is a barred owl a red herring?
Pepper Trail says shooting barred owls is not going to help the northern spotted owl.
The decline of logging is now killing
Now that logging no longer provides enough money to support Oregon’s libraries, Pepper Trail says it’s up to citizens to decide to keep their state’s bookshelves filled and accessible.
Of salvage logging and salvation
If we truly want to "salvage" our forests – and the rest of our environment – we need to think beyond salvage logging, and acknowledge that the value of dead trees cannot be measured in board-feet alone
Of salvage logging and salvation
The writer finds salvage logging to be anything but salvation for a forest
How do you enter a roadless area?
The writer criticizes the Bush administration for ignoring public sentiment and rushing to log potential wilderness areas
If only binoculars were cool
The writer is an avid birder, but how uncool is that?
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