HIGH COUNTRY NEWS A genetically modified grass is loose in Oregon. It could have been much worse. In the failing light of an unusually warm January day, Jerry Erstrom and I race along a dirt track behind Rod Frahm’s white pickup. Here, near Ontario, Oregon, a stone’s throw from the Idaho border, Frahm grows onions, … More Little Weed, Big Problem
HIGH COUNTRY NEWS In California’s Eastern Sierra, bringing back bighorn has meant killing more mountain lions. Standing in the middle of an icy trail on a bright December day, Tom Stephenson sweeps an H-shaped antenna overhead, searching for something he already knows is there. Through the blizzard of static on his handheld speaker, faint beeps … More The cost of the bighorn comeback
Nooks and crannies offer safe harbor from a changing climate. Connie Millar picks her way across a boulder field in California’s Lee Vining Canyon. The ramparts of the High Sierra, which mark the east entrance of Yosemite National Park, claw at the western horizon. Across the valley, RVs grumble down the curves of Tioga Pass … More Where species will find refuge
Surveys of tree moss uncovered contamination that may have led to higher cancer rates. Read the full story at High Country News (it also appeared on OutsideOnline.com).
Siuslaw National Forest managers must decide whether to save meadows or let trees encroach. Frank Davis strides to the edge of a clearing near the top of Marys Peak, the highest point in Oregon’s Coast Range. “You want to see the coolest thing in this meadow?” asks Davis, a veteran natural resource planner for the … More Felling a forest to save a meadow