Signs & Portents

Vast Murders of Crows Are Routinely Swarming above Downtown Portland

Surely it means nothing. Nothing.

12/12/2017 By Zach Dundas

Holidays

America's Christmas Trees Come From Oregon. This Year, There's a Shortage.

The Great Recession of 2008 (temporarily?) whittled down a top state industry.

12/11/2017 By Hannah Bonnie

Fun With Firs

9 U-Cut Christmas Tree Farms within 90 Minutes of Portland

Your perfect holiday conifer quest comes with a hayride/reindeer/artificial snow/chili cheese nachos? We got you.

11/27/2017 By Hannah Bonnie

Unnatural Treasure

The Columbia River Gorge Burned. We Could Make That a Good Thing.

A manifesto for our beloved national landmark, after the flames.

11/20/2017 By Randy Gragg Illustrations by Amy Martin

Peak Goat?

In Portland, You Can Get a Flower Bouquet Delivered by Goats

And then they'll devour it before your very eyes.

11/10/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Light a Fire 2017: Caring for the Planet

Ecotrust Puts Its Faith—and Funds—in Healthy Forests

The green nonprofit makes conservation profitable.

10/16/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Light a Fire 2017: Most with the Least

This Tiny Nonprofit Brings Environmental Ed to Kids across Portland

Students get dirty with Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors.

10/16/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Development

Would You Live in This 300-Foot-Tall Wooden Skyscraper?

The Spar would be the tallest engineered timber structure in the world.

09/27/2017 By Eleanor Van Buren

Public Lands

Celebrate National Public Lands Day (While We Still Have Them)

As the federal government tries to shrink the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, now's a damn good time to show Oregon's public lands how much we love them.

09/19/2017 By Hannah Bonnie

Urban Dips

Will Portland Get a Public Swimming Dock Just off the Eastbank Esplanade?

If so, it could take several years. (Upside: summers will probably be even more scorching by then!)

09/13/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Kings of the North?

Why Your 'Wild Alaskan Salmon' May in Fact Be Very Oregonian

Caught wild in Alaskan waters, Oregon hatchery salmon help bring a struggling fishery back to health.

09/13/2017 By Chuck Thompson

Fire Lookouts

Washington's Heybrook Lookout Tower Just Reopened and We're in Love

One of the state's two fire lookout rentals was closed for years. Now—thanks in part to Seattle outfitter Filson—you can once again stay in this Pacific Northwest treasure.

09/11/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Wildfires

Beyond Eagle Creek: So Much Fire, So Close to Home

Yes, the Columbia Gorge is our backyard. But that fire is small potatoes compared to blazes elsewhere in Oregon.

09/08/2017 By Margaret Seiler

Wildfires

Oregon's on Fire. Where's the Supertanker?

Panicked by wildfires like Eagle Creek, some Oregonians want to bring in the world's largest air tanker. Gov. Brown throws a towel on that.

09/07/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Everyday Activism

How You Can Help Rebuild the Gorge (and Not Make Things Worse)

"If you wanna go fast, go alone; if you wanna go far, go together."

09/07/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Eagle Creek Fire

As the Columbia Gorge Burns, Reflecting on What This Place Means to Us

From pianist Hunter Noack to hiker Jenny Bruso to chef Gregory Gourdet, Oregonians pay tribute to a natural resource forever changed.

09/07/2017 By Portland Monthly Staff

Parks

Happy 100th Birthday, International Rose Test Garden!

Celebrate the Portland park—100 years old this summer—that inspired writer Katherine Dunn's cult classic Geek Love.

08/22/2017 By Ramona DeNies and Rachel Wilson

Environment

Meet the Oregon Attorney Suing President Trump over Climate Change

Julia Olson's clients? The kids who will have to live through it.

08/14/2017 By Ciara O'Rourke

Field of Dreams

An Oregon Professor Sets Out to Build a Park in Cairo

The Egyptian capital could get a greenspace worthy of a leafy Portland neighborhood.

08/14/2017 By Bryanna Briley

Books

Walking the World with Pacific Northwest Writer Robert Moor

The Canada-based journalist's debut book, On Trails, is already a bestseller. (Doubly impressive, we'd say, for a writer who hasn't yet hiked the glory of Oregon.)

07/27/2017 By Ramona DeNies