Northwest

How much do salmon still shape the Northwest?
How much do salmon still shape the Northwest?
A new book seeks answers about the future of the iconic fish.
The Forest Service’s battle against illegal marijuana farms
The Forest Service’s battle against illegal marijuana farms
Drug cartels on federal land pose enormous environmental and financial costs.
The changing politics of woods work
The changing politics of woods work
Cash-strapped agencies use private contractors to the detriment of local communities.
Ski resorts prepare for warmer Northwest winters
Ski resorts prepare for warmer Northwest winters
Shrinking snowpack has led some resorts to use costly, water-intensive snowmakers.
Canadian First Nations call for eviction of fish farms
Canadian First Nations call for eviction of fish farms
British Columbia protests are rooted in a deeper conversation on Indigenous rights.
A Northwest tribal sovereignty battle, centered on culverts
A Northwest tribal sovereignty battle, centered on culverts
21 tribal nations wait to see if the Supreme Court will hear a decades-old case about salmon.
 19 Western species won’t receive federal protections
19 Western species won’t receive federal protections
The animals range from minuscule Nevada mollusks to dwindling Pacific walruses.
West Obsessed: On dams and the rebirth of the Elwha
West Obsessed: On dams and the rebirth of the Elwha
A deep dive into a dismantled dam — and another in the planning stages.
After its dams came down, a river is reborn
After its dams came down, a river is reborn
A look at the Elwha unleashed.
A network of trails that spans the country
A network of trails that spans the country
The National Trails System, by the numbers.
The Pacific Crest Trail’s shadow hikers
The Pacific Crest Trail’s shadow hikers
At the border, migrants and long-distance trekkers hike side by side but worlds apart.
West Obsessed: Crimes against non-humanity
West Obsessed: Crimes against non-humanity
High Country News staffers discuss human-wildlife killings and conflicts.
Meet Ruth, who makes a home for the houseless
Meet Ruth, who makes a home for the houseless
After her husband’s death, a woman collects a new family.
From cribbage to wildfire in just 5 minutes
From cribbage to wildfire in just 5 minutes
Inside a Helitack crew’s fast response to wildland fires.
Oregon keeps the Elliott State Forest public
Oregon keeps the Elliott State Forest public
The state reverses course and decides not to sell its first state forest.
What citizen science can say about seabird deaths
What citizen science can say about seabird deaths
In the Pacific Northwest, the diligence of citizen scientists helps discern patterns in die-offs.
Busting the tree ring
Busting the tree ring
How a landmark investigation unraveled a Washington timber-poaching gang.
Backpacking the blast zone
Backpacking the blast zone
At Mount St. Helens, they never say ‘recovery.’
Latest: Future mining blocked around the Kalmiopsis
Latest: Future mining blocked around the Kalmiopsis
The moratorium will extend for 20 years.
Why OR7 is a celebrity
Why OR7 is a celebrity
Once wolf populations fully recover, we’ll no longer know the story of individual animals.
Why we need condors in eastern Oregon
Why we need condors in eastern Oregon
Scavenger relocation to Hells Canyon is a far cry from government overreach.
Plans falter for West Coast coal terminals
Plans falter for West Coast coal terminals
Coal companies look to Asia, but face port challenges.
The Northwest braces for its own Standing Rock
The Northwest braces for its own Standing Rock
Tribes have been protesting a new British Columbia pipeline for years.