Most of the time we don't know where Ashley is. That's because she's usually managed to get lost or to drop her means of communication into one waterbody or another. As a newcomer to the region, Ashley brings a healthy dose of incredulity about what goes on around here. "Wait, you truck fish around dams?" or "You grow fish in a hatchery and then set them free into rivers? Is that kind of like keeping chickens?" As a transplant from Los Angeles most recently (where she got her masters in science journalism at USC) she's tended to report on rivers that are nicely cemented in, so she's very excited about all the freerange waterways up here. Radio will always be Ashley's first love (she got her start working for the show Living on Earth on Public Radio International) but she's pretty excited about this whole "multimedia" thing everyone's talking about.
Ashley's been known to develop crushes on inanimate objects such as rivers, hip waders and reliable recording equipment. At scientific conferences she sneaks pictures of the highly fashionable forms of footwear on parade, with special attention to the combination of wool socks and tevas often sported by ecologists and biologists. She then tweets those pictures, so follow her on Twitter.
We like Ashley because we know that even though she's often MIA, she always comes back with a story.
Environment | News | Science | Sustainability | NW Life
For people living in the “wildland-urban interface,” wildfire risk is the new normal, and the risk is increasing as more people move into places where cul-de-sac meets forest or sagebrush.
There was a moment when Janisse Ray realized she couldn’t call herself an environmentalist and an activist and keep traveling by airplane.
News | Nation | Climate change | Environment | Renewable energy | Politics
In this episode of terrestrial we explore how this case works and what motivates a teenager to step away from school and friends to wage a legal fight against the government.
When I met Dave Rank he was just a normal guy on a road trip with his wife in a used Subaru. But not long before that, Rank had a very important job.
Why would a fourth-generation Oregon rancher who doesn't put much trust in the government choose to work with federal agencies to restore salmon runs on her property?
The effects of pollution and climate change don’t affect us all equally. Those hit hardest often belong to communities of color and are cash poor.
This episode of terrestrial is about a radical idea — that protest as we know it is broken. Micah White once led Occupy Wall Street. Now he thinks it’s time to try something else.
With the way the planet is changing, are you questioning whether having kids is the right choice? You're not alone.
Are you feeling terrified of environmental destruction? The first step to coping is to face it head on.
Environment | News | Nation
The plaintiffs say Washington isn’t doing enough to protect their future from the threat of climate change.
Seventy-five years ago, America was drawn into World War II and the Pacific Northwest answered the call with lumber, hydroelectricity, even a secret plutonium factory to arm atomic bombs.
Environment | News | local | History | Battle Ready
World War II spurred a plane-manufacturing frenzy on the bank of Seattle's Duwamish River. The pollution is still with us. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.
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The military's expanded presence in the Northwest creates new challenges for those who want quiet places to remain so. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.
The Navy now has the permits it needs to expand electromagnetic warfare training in one of the quietest places in the country.
Environment | Energy | Water
The Canadian government approved a crude-oil pipeline project that is much larger than the one generating protests in North Dakota and could bring a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic to the Salish Sea.
Advocates for a healthier Puget Sound took a big step Tuesday in getting the same kind of coordinated recovery effort that's gone to the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay.
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