Parks Policy

What's the Hold-Up with Oregon's New Office of Outdoor Recreation?

We called the parks agency to find out.

04/27/2018 By Sarah Hutchins

Outdoors

Meet Oregon's Newest State Park

Sitka Sedge Natural Area is a magical mix of sand, marsh, and coastal forest.

04/26/2018 By Christine Menges

Smart Travel

ODOT Relaunches Crowd-Pleasing, Crowd-Easing Shuttle to Multnomah Falls

The idea was to reduce traffic on I-84. It's working so well the bus will now run year-round, with extended service to Hood River.

04/17/2018 By Catherine Johnson

Flower Power

Your 2018 Guide to 10 Portland-Area Flowers

Across town, urban gardens are blooming. Here's what to look for—and when—as shoulder season heats up.

04/06/2018 By Sarah Hutchins

Lights Out

It's Time to Embrace the Dark Side—to Save the Birds

An Audubon Society campaign calls for switching off the lights.

03/27/2018 By Eileen Stark

Science

A Sweet-Smelling Tree Is Drinking Oregon Dry. Should We Log It?

It's the attack of the western juniper.

03/27/2018 By Elizabeth Doerr

Urbanism

How Radically Will Growth and Change Transform Portland?

A three-part series of live events features the heavy hitters shaping our future cityscape. Think: an upsized soccer stadium, a rebooted airport, and plenty of traffic to manage.

03/12/2018 By Catherine Johnson

Hiking

This Oregon Guidebook Spotlights Two Coastal Forests

The Sierra Club wants you to fall in love with the Clatsop and Tillamook State Forests.

02/20/2018 By Catherine Johnson

The Big One

The Portlander's Guide to Surviving the Big One

Are you ready for the Cascadia Subduction Quake? From incinerating toilets to tsunamis, here's your seismic handbook.

02/02/2018 By Portland Monthly Staff

The Big One

The Big One Is Coming. What Will Happen to Portland?

The Northwest is long overdue for a devastating earthquake. Here’s what to know.

02/02/2018 By Randy Gragg With Sarah Hutchins

Cannabis: West Is Best

How the American West Became the Wild Cannabis Frontier

The story of modern marijuana isn't just how it’s been smoked, but who smokes it.

01/30/2018 By Marty Patail

Science

When Portland Skies Darken, These Meteorologists Get to Work

Meet the city's stormwatchers.

01/30/2018 By Stephen Phillips

Science

Indonesia's Wildfires Are a Climate Disaster. Can Portland Help Douse the Flames?

A local design company thinks it can help solve a fiery carbon conundrum.

01/30/2018 By Zach Dundas

Urban Nature

3 New Ways for Portlanders to Get Outdoors in 2018

Start your Fitbits: this year, the Green Loop makes a Sunday Parkways cameo, several city parks get a facelift, and an east side dock opens to summer swimmers.

01/17/2018 By Sarah Hutchins

Theater

A New Portland Play Takes On Climate Change—For Hours

Award-winning playwright E. M. Lewis breaks down her five-hour epic, Magellanica.

01/16/2018 By Sarah Hutchins

Sustainability

This Portland Start-Up Makes a More Sustainable Port-a-Potty

Nature Commode: flush with success.

12/28/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Camping

You Want to Book This New Oregon Forest Service Cabin Now

Terry Musgrave has photographed more than 70 Pacific Northwest cabins. Fremont Point, in rural Lake County, is one of his favorites.

12/28/2017 By Hannah Bonnie

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