Items by Rebecca Clarren

Speaking up for rural Oregonians: Judge Laura Pryor
Judge Laura Pryor of Gilliam County, Ore., has led the charge to create the Eastern Oregon Rural Alliance to help eastern Oregon’s small rural communities
Fish farms take to the high seas
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Department is plotting a massive expansion of the U.S. fish-farming industry – but concerns are high among Indian tribes, health advocates and environmentalists
Would quotas save the seas, or just big business?
Some fishermen fear that individual fishing quotas are likely to enrich corporations at the expense of small fishermen, while doing little to help the oceans
A new breed of marketers gives fishing towns a leg up
In some struggling fishing communities like Coos Bay, Ore., small companies like John Warner’s K-Lyn Fisheries LLC are buying fish locally from small-boat fishermen and selling it directly to big-city wholesalers
Wilderness areas for the ocean
Some fishermen and many environmentalists say the best way to create a healthy ocean is to set up "no-take marine reserves" – wilderness areas for fish
Mending the Nets
Port Orford, Ore., is working hard to create a new kind of community-based, sustainable fisheries management for the over-fished ocean
The most vulnerable farmworkers are the least protected
Rebecca Clarren urges protection for children who harvest our food
What child labor laws?
The effects of pesticides on farmworker children are often overlooked, because children are not supposed to work in the fields in the first place
Harvesting Poison
In the little-seen world of immigrant farmworkers, pesticides are a constant threat — and for the workers, the only options are shutting up or getting out
Healthy workers, healthy label
The Bailey family’s efforts to take care of its orchard workers in The Dalles, Ore., have earned it certification from The Food Alliance
Trees help clean the West’s dumps
The Riverbend Landfill in McMinnville, Ore., is planting poplar trees to help clean up contaminants in a cutting-edge process called phytoremediation
Cheap salmon, hidden costs
Rebecca Clarren warns that Atlantic salmon on the Pacific Coast threaten native fish and native people
Genetic engineering turns salmon into fast food
Transgenic "superfish" might be a boon for the aquaculture and supermarket industries – and a disaster for wild salmon
It’s buyer beware when it comes to Atlantic salmon
Rebecca Clarren warns that it’s "buyer beware" when buying feedlot-produced Atlantic salmon.
How safe is that fillet?
A new label from the Marine Stewardship Council and a pocket guide from California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium help consumers pick out sustainably harvested seafood
Mention planning in Oregon and get ready for a yawn
Writer says it’s time to take a fresh look at Oregon’s strict land-use policies
Are you gonna eat that?
So-called "fresh Atlantic salmon" may have as many dicey impacts on consumers’ health as it does on native salmon
Bracing against the tide
On the coast of British Columbia, tribes, fishermen and environmentalists are fighting the spread of Atlantic salmon farms, which they fear could have catastrophic effects on already endangered native salmon runs
Eco-groovy food for skinny wallets
The Portland-based Food Alliance offers consumers and farmers a label guaranteeing pesticide-free, organically grown products at a much lower price.
Across the Columbia, a game of catch-up
Vancouver, Wash., has a rapidly growing population, many of them people who can't afford to live where they work, across the river in Portland, Ore.
New Urbanism creates living communities
Orenco Station, a new development in a suburb of Portland, uses principles of the New Urbanism movement to create a vibrant, livable community
Planning's poster child grows up
Oregon was a pioneer in the 1970s, when the state enacted far-reaching, innovative land-use planning regulations, but now even some planning supporters say the regulations are due for some revision
White River Forest plan friend to all - and to none
The final management plan for Colorado's White River National Forest has conservationists, recreationists and water users all complaining about it.
Tribes blur the line between wild and hatchery fish
Indian tribes use hatchery reform methods to train hatchery fish to behave like wild salmon.
The wild (and not-so-wild) sex life of salmon
A brief explanation of the life and reproductive cycles of a salmon.
Hatching reform
With 15 runs of salmon federally listed as threatened or endangered, a conservation group, Long Live the Kings, hopes hatchery reform can help save wild stocks of fish.
The Latest Bounce
Off-roaders in the Mojave Desert must yield to desert tortoises; BLM reverses its ban on four-wheelers in California's Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area; Forest Service denies Boy Scout camp on White River Forest near Aspen; Forest Service cancels Eagle
Elk and deer disease could waste Western Slope
Despite efforts by the Colorado Division of Wildlife to control it, chronic wasting disease, the fatal brain malady in elk and deer, has spread to two illegally penned wild deer near Craig, Colo.
Evicted terns get new habitat
In an effort to help endangered salmon on the Columbia River, Caspian terns that prey on the fish are being lured to different habitat.
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