Pepper Trail

Pepper Trail is a biologist and writer who roams the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion from his home in Ashland, Oregon. His environmental essays have appeared in High Country News and on southern Oregon’s Jefferson Public Radio, and have been included in several anthologies, including A Road Runs Through It: Reviving Wild Places, edited by Annie Proulx and Thomas Peterson. His poetry collection, Cascade-Siskiyou: Poems was a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Award.


What do we owe wildland firefighters?

By Jonathon Golden

Vacancies, of course, limit how much federal firefighters can do. If Western communities want to be protected, they need to ensure that their firefighters receive better pay and benefits.


We blame the trees, but whose fault is it?

By Pepper Trail

“But it’s questionable that any amount of “thinning” could protect Ashland from a wind-driven firestorm coming out of the watershed.”

Photograph by Romain Le Teuff, courtesy of Unsplash


When Water Dries Up, It Can Be Deadly

By Pepper Trail

“The dams that choke the Klamath River may be finally nearing removal”

Photograph by Markus Spiske, Courtesy of Unsplash


Fanning the Flames of Hate in Oregon

By Pepper Trail

“The present we are now enduring is the climate-change future that we have been warned about for decades.”

Photograph by Alex Radelich, Courtesy of Unsplash



By Pepper Trail

Climate change and the conversion of wild ecosystems, if unchecked, threaten to collapse the global bounty of “nature’s services.”

Photograph courtesy of Unsplash


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