Alex Brown

Alex Brown

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.

an affordable housing project in Vail, Colorado.

Western states look to these lands for new affordable housing

By: - 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 […]

Members of the Leech Lake Band of the Ojibwe Tribe harvest wild rice on Mud Lake in Minnesota

Native lands lack clean water protections, but more tribes are taking charge

By: - 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 […]

The “Moonhouse” in McLoyd Canyon is part of Bears Ears National Monument, near Blanding, Utah

In new collaborations, tribes become stewards of parks and monuments

By: - 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 […]

A man jogs in Kansas City, Mo., silhouetted against an orange sky caused by smoke from Western wildfires.

Towns could save themselves from wildfire — if they knew about this money

By: - 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 […]

Bureau of Land Management land

Western states’ budgets, industries rely on federal lands. So does wildlife.

By: - 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: - 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 […]

A northern leopard frog in Washington state

State wildlife agencies focus on ‘hook and bullet’ work. Some see a new path.

By: - 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 […]