Seeds on tree
Environment

Seed scarcity linked to climate change

Caption: Tree seed shortages compounded by decades of drought and recent extreme wildfire seasons mean the future of our forests could be in jeopardy. Credit: Yamanaka Tamaki, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that a tree seed shortage is jeopardizing reforestation efforts across the American West following so many bad wildfire seasons in a row? […]

bird nest in tree
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities

Create a bird-friendly Northwest garden

Photo cutline:  Evergreens, like this yew, provide year-round appeal and shelter for birds. Photo credit: photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com by Melinda Myers Temperature extremes, drought and storms take a toll on our landscapes. Sometimes a bit of pruning, proper care and patience is all that is needed to help plants recover. Other times, plants need […]

sea to sky map
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities

RV road trip on BC’s Sea to Sky Highway

By Dave Helgeson Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted with permission from the Northwest RVing Blog hosted by MHRV (Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle) Show Association. For information, go to https://northwestrving.com/. Are you one of many of the readers located in the Puget Sound Region? Are you longing for an RV road trip somewhere […]

Riding bikes in park
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities Washington

Tacoma Power’s spacious campgrounds

By Dave Helgeson Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted with permission from the Northwest RVing Blog hosted by MHRV (Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle) Show Association. For information, go to https://northwestrving.com/ Did you know that Tacoma Power operates multiple campgrounds on the lakes behind its hydroelectric dams southwest of Mt. Rainier? The campgrounds are […]

Cilantro
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities

Versatile Cilantro is Northwest favorite

Caption: Cilantro ready to be harvested. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com by Melinda Myers Cilantro is a Northwest favorite ingredient in guacamole, tacos, rice dishes and of course salsa. But as summer temperatures climb, the cilantro quickly goes to seed.  This can be frustrating but using all parts of the plant or growing a […]

ocean rising
Environment

Can we stop sea level rise?

Classic Caption: The question is whether it’s too late to do anything about potentially runaway sea level rise. Credit: Roddy Scheer Dear EarthTalk: What are the most recent projections about sea level rise around the world as a result of climate change? And is there any hope of turning back the tide if we rein […]

Electric plane
Environment Technology

Electric drive planes on the horizon

Classic Caption: Eviation’s all-electric Alice airplane Israel’s Eviation can fly for an hour on a battery charge with zero emissions. Dear EarthTalk: You hear a lot about electric cars and trucks these days, but has there been any carbon-saving innovation lately in trains and even planes?— Michael C., Summit, NJ Many environmentalists consider travel an […]

Boats in marina
Featured Oregon Outdoor Activities Washington

Six great Northwest boating destinations

Yachts, cruisers and sailboats of all sizes and shapes moor at Columbia Crossings Marina on Hayden Island in Portland. Photo by Greg Johnson Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted from DiscoverBoating.com, an national organization devoted to sharing information on the benefits of boating, tips and advice on how to choose and buy a boat, […]

Mt. Rainier
Featured Outdoor Activities Washington

Recreation experiences abound on Mt. Rainier

Caption: Mt. Rainier photo by Ed Book, visitrainier.com Mt. Rainier offers a multitude of recreational opportunities. Visitors to the region can create many different vacation experiences combining leisurely sightseeing with hiking or more extreme adventures such as intense guided climbs to Mt. Rainier’s 14,410-foot summit and multi-day treks on its Wonderland Trail. Some of the […]

People at summer festival
Attractions Northwest Events Oregon Outdoor Activities

Summer Festival in Bend

Type/Classic Stroll through the more than 100 fine artists and craftspeople as they fill the street with their handwork, design and artistry in Bend, Oregon July 9-10 at the First Interstate Bank Summer Festival. Traveling to Bend from all over the state, region and country, these fine artists bring color and life to the First […]