Oregon

The West’s salt lakes are turning to dust. Can Congress help?
The West’s salt lakes are turning to dust. Can Congress help?
A new research and monitoring program aims to conserve threatened but overlooked saline ecosystems.
Fire risk map ignites controversy
Fire risk map ignites controversy
Southern Oregon residents lash back at wildfire preparedness rules.
Can dam removal save the Snake River?
Can dam removal save the Snake River?
See the river as the climate changes, development continues and consequences grow with inaction.
How a rare butterfly returned
How a rare butterfly returned
The revival of Fender’s blue illustrates the collaborative nature of survival.
How to prevent an anti-government revolution
How to prevent an anti-government revolution
In eastern Oregon, one strategy has proven effective at inoculating communities against extremist ideology.
USFS burn boss arrested after prescribed fire burns private land
USFS burn boss arrested after prescribed fire burns private land
Practitioners fear a chilling effect on future operations.
The West is losing 1.3 million acres of sagebrush steppe each year
The West is losing 1.3 million acres of sagebrush steppe each year
A new report aims to advance transforming rangeland conservation across 13 states and 115 million acres.
Pacific lamprey’s ancient agreement with tribes is the future of conservation
Pacific lamprey’s ancient agreement with tribes is the future of conservation
Despite dams, drowned waterfalls and industrial degradation, the practice of eeling persists.
Races to watch throughout the West
Races to watch throughout the West
The midterm elections promise to be a referendum on Joe Biden — and Donald Trump.
A new podcast explores the Almeda Drive Fire’s aftermath
A new podcast explores the Almeda Drive Fire’s aftermath
Isabella Ruikis’ ‘movement journalism’ explores Oregon’s most destructive wildfire and finds hope for the future in community-based action.
Returning sea otters to Oregon could revive kelp forests
Returning sea otters to Oregon could revive kelp forests
Reintroduction of the marine mammals may restore coastal ecosystems but also threatens shellfish industries and tribal self-governance.
The most destructive forest pest in North America is now in Oregon
The most destructive forest pest in North America is now in Oregon
The invasive emerald ash borer threatens the state’s salmon habitat, urban forests and agency budgets.
Oregonians of color are building relationships in the outdoors
Oregonians of color are building relationships in the outdoors
‘We’re actually here for each other.’
Out-of-this-world fest; territorial disputes; bear-family affairs
Out-of-this-world fest; territorial disputes; bear-family affairs
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Where anti-LGBTQ+ politics intersect with housing the homeless
Where anti-LGBTQ+ politics intersect with housing the homeless
A new report shows Southern Oregon’s largest homeless shelter is led by a conversion-therapy proponent.
Why can’t the public access the West’s biggest waterfall?
Why can’t the public access the West’s biggest waterfall?
Willamette Falls used to be a public place of laughter and sharing. It could be again, if painful politics don’t eclipse revitalization efforts.
A chronic polluter closes its doors. What’s next?
A chronic polluter closes its doors. What’s next?
The owner of a wood treatment plant is trying to walk away from its mess in West Eugene, Oregon. Neighbors say, not so fast.
Wildfire and detours on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wildfire and detours on the Pacific Crest Trail
A hiker is caught in smoke and decision-making when the Carr Fire broke out in 2018.
Who’s after rare metals in the Klamath Mountains?
Who’s after rare metals in the Klamath Mountains?
While the region has a small cache of tellurium, politics and economics are in the way.
Yes, the drought really is that bad
Yes, the drought really is that bad
The Western U.S. is experiencing its worst drought since 800 A.D.
How place names impact the way we see landscape
How place names impact the way we see landscape
Western landscapes and their names are stratified with personal memories, ancestral teachings, mythic events and colonial disturbances.
A terrible lighthouse, swift treasure hunters, and a paranormal ghost town
A terrible lighthouse, swift treasure hunters, and a paranormal ghost town
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
For cannabis farms, ecosystem science is scarce
For cannabis farms, ecosystem science is scarce
An interview with an ecologist studying the West’s emerging, and rarely researched, industry.
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