Seattle’s urban park ranger wants to bring diversity to the outdoors

This story originally appeared in High Country News. White, male and “midcareer,” Seattle’s Charles Beall in a lot of ways is the face of the…

From the mean streets to the national parks

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Shelton Johnson is the Michael Jordan among people of color engaged in the outdoors. He is the…

One man’s quest for diversity in the outdoors

During my previous life as a sportswriter, an NBA player once made me wait for an arranged interview while he horsed around with ball boys…

Mount Rainier hit by parks’ graffiti scourge

One or more suspects have been cited for tagging a bridge at Mount Rainier National Park, the latest to be hit with what some consider…

Owls bring out the cuckoo in bird lovers

It once roosted in a thicket the size of a two-car garage, amidst wetlands and diked agricultural fields near Stanwood. The brush was so thick,…