Alex Brown covers environmental issues for Stateline, reporting from Washington. Prior to joining Pew, Brown wrote for The Chronicle in Lewis County in Washington. He’s won awards for investigative reporting and feature writing from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association. He previously was a congressional correspondent for National Journal, where he covered energy and environment, technology and campaigns. Brown graduated from Union University and is a native of Michigan.
Western states look to these lands for new affordable housing
By: Alex Brown - October 28, 2023
In Colorado’s Eagle County, affordable housing is so scarce that school district leaders have pleaded with locals to open their spare bedrooms to teachers — citing the impossibility of hiring when employees have nowhere to live. Home to popular ski resorts in Vail and Avon, the county has seen much of its housing snatched up […]
Native lands lack clean water protections, but more tribes are taking charge
By: Alex Brown - October 18, 2023
Across the roughly 1,300 square miles of the White Earth Indian Reservation in northwest Minnesota, tribal members harvest wild rice in waters that have sustained them for generations. They’ve been working for decades to restore sturgeon, a culturally important fish, and they harvest minnows and leeches to supply bait for anglers across the country. But […]
In new collaborations, tribes become stewards of parks and monuments
By: Alex Brown - September 25, 2023
In a rural area of Michigan’s Thumb region, a small state park preserves a collection of sandstone carvings that date back many hundreds of years. One of the carvings, a figure with a bow and arrow, symbolizes ancestors shooting their knowledge ahead seven generations. Some might say that arrow landed in 2019. That year, descendants […]
Towns could save themselves from wildfire — if they knew about this money
By: Alex Brown - August 18, 2023
PACKWOOD, Wash. — Last year, Don Pratt fled from his home as a wildfire swept down the mountainside here in Washington’s Cascade Range. “Heading out, I thought it was the last time I was going to see the house,” he said. As residents evacuated and smoke engulfed the small mountain community, fire crews with bulldozers […]
Western states’ budgets, industries rely on federal lands. So does wildlife.
By: Alex Brown - July 13, 2023
Across the West, a vast swath of federal land has been staked out by oil and gas drillers, miners, cattle grazers, loggers, renewable energy developers and outdoor recreationists. Soon, the federal agency that oversees those lands will allow them to be leased for a new purpose: conservation. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Land Management […]
Half the nation’s wetlands just lost federal protection. Their fate is up to states.
By: Alex Brown - June 16, 2023
States’ to-do lists just got a little longer: Decide how — or whether — to oversee building, planting and water quality in some wetland areas. Last month, a U.S. Supreme Court decision struck down federal protections for wetlands covering tens of millions of acres across the country, leaving no regulation of those areas in nearly half the […]
State wildlife agencies focus on ‘hook and bullet’ work. Some see a new path.
By: Alex Brown - June 3, 2023
SEATTLE — The Cascade red fox, which lives high in the mountains of Washington state, is struggling to survive. State wildlife managers want to send researchers into the field to find out why. They’re also aiming to vaccinate pygmy rabbits against a deadly virus, restore habitat to support the Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly and establish new […]