After a traditional apprenticeship in Japan, Oregon bonsai professional Ryan Neil is capturing the West's rugged landscape in bonsai form. We follow one tree over the course of a year, as well as venture into the wilderness with Neil to see humanity's relationship with nature through his eyes.
Octopuses are incredibly smart, yet the majority of their neurons exist in their arms and suckers, and not in their brain, making them as close to alien intelligence as we can find on Earth. It's like: what if our hands and fingers could think for themselves?
Umatilla tribal member Acosia Red Elk travels the world as a champion powwow dancer, yoga teacher and collaborator with artists ranging from Portugal. The Man to Indigenous Enterprise. Her goal is to promote Indigenous healing through movement and dance.
Rogue Detection Teams train rescue dogs to sniff out everything from pangolins to cherry viruses to threatened caterpillars to help scientists around the world, showing that dogs are one of the most powerful tools in conservation research.
Renowned forest ecologist Suzanne Simard’s research into the ways trees communicate has inspired everything from “Avatar” to “The Overstory.” Now she has a memoir of her own sharing her journey from growing up in a small logging town to the research that revolutionized how we see forests.
The health and vitality of forest ecosystems in the Northwest, and how much timber should be cut from those forests, is laid out in the Northwest Forest Plan. But that plan was created in the mid-1990s, and has not changed substantially since then, says Norm Johnson, one of its developers. He and his longtime colleague, Jerry Franklin, recently penned an opinion piece in The Register-Guard newspaper, opposing the planned logging of about 2,000 acres of mature trees in Oregon’s Willamette National Forest.
The fight over wildfire and forest management is the newest front in the Timber Wars, so after a year of record fires, we take a deep dive into OPB's reporting on wildfire and what we should do about it.