State parks

Pro-Rated Parks? Our State Agency Wants to Redistribute Your Love

Oregon's state parks are wildly popular. Well, some of them. A new bill points campers to the park less traveled.

04/03/2017 By Regan Breeden

Music

These Composers Channel Our National Parks in Sound

Third Angle presents Solo Hikes: three specially commissioned pieces, two nights, one passion.

04/03/2017 By Lauren Kershner

First Look

Behold Rock-Star Architect Kengo Kuma's Love Song to Oregon Forests

The Portland Japanese Garden is about to unveil a $33.5 million architectural ode to nature and Japanese culture.

03/21/2017 By Elise Herron

Extreme Sports

Meet Extreme Sea Kayaker Freya Hoffmeister

The champion athlete (and ice cream mogul, and former Miss Germany contestant) passes through Portland in the way to her next adventure: a solo circumnavigation of North America.

03/20/2017 By Regan Breeden

Flower Power

We Are So Ready for These Eight Spring Blooms

Crocuses to rhodies, life-affirming spring gorgeousness is about to own this town. Here's what to watch for, and when.

02/21/2017 By Jason Buehrer

Go Green

Maximize the Health of Your Indoor Garden Space

A horticultural therapy expert teaches us how to fight winter fatigue, curb stress, and garden like a pro.

02/21/2017 By Regan Breeden

Public Land

With an Expanded National Monument, Oregon's Debate over Public Lands Continues

A late-breaking executive order from President Obama nearly doubles Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Could the 45th President roll that back?

01/13/2017 By Elise Herron

Politics

Three Oregon Environmental Leaders Brace Themselves for Trump

From public lands to parks funding to climate policy, it’s going to be a rocky ride.

11/23/2016 By Portland Monthly Staff

Light a Fire 2016: Caring for the Planet

How the Freshwater Trust Protects America’s Waterways with Surgical Precision

The river-stewarding organization is one of Oregon’s most important environmental nonprofits.

10/10/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Light a Fire 2016: Game-Changing Project

Friends of Nadaka Unites a Gresham Neighborhood to Create a Park

Complete with bird walks, play spaces, and a community garden—and soon Gresham’s first handicapped-accessible swing.

10/10/2016 By Regina Winkle-Bryan

PDX Index

Urban Coyotes Are Thriving in Portland

But not eating as many cats as you think.

09/13/2016 By Regina Winkle-Bryan

Fire!

The Hottening: Five Tips For Fire Season

From firenados to climate change, we step back for a cool look at what the world's hottest summer means for Oregon.

08/19/2016 By Marisa Russell

OUTDOORS

A Local Video Shows Stunning Wilderness of Blue Creek

Portland-based photographer Andy Best gives the campaign to save an unblemished watershed in Northern California a boost.

12/22/2015 By Marty Patail

OUTDOORS

The Local Quest to Save a Northern California Wilderness

A local nonprofit and a creative agency are racing against time to save an immaculate chunk of Northern California wilderness.

11/16/2015 By Marty Patail

BOLD PLANS

Can Keen Save America's Endangered Wilderness with a Single RV?

Five major national wilderness areas—including Eastern Oregon's Wild Owyhee Canyonlands—are at risk. One Portland shoe company wants to do something about it.

09/21/2015 By Peter Holmstrom

GEAR UP

How to Survive the End of the World (or The Big One)

This guide teaches you how to live through, say, the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

08/03/2015 By Marty Patail

Long Story Short

What Does it Feel Like to Wear a Blouse of Bees?

Portland's Bee Queen, Sara Mapelli, advocates for pollinators via daring acts of performance art.

03/20/2015 By Rachel Ritchie

REPORT

How Will Portland Fare in a Future of Climate Change?

As our leaders prepare for a steamy future, Portland could still get off easy.

01/05/2015 By Marty Patail

Insider's Guide to the Gorge

How’d the Gorge Get There?

We chart the geologic evolution of the Columbia River Gorge. This may take a while.

05/25/2012 Edited by Kasey Cordell

Parks & Wreck

How John Yeon Shaped the Columbia River Gorge

One visionary Portland architect used bulldozers, Ming china, and political chutzpah to create a stunning personal landscape—and save the Gorge as we know it.

05/24/2012 By Randy Gragg