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

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