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"Something about rural America just really brings out my adventurous side," says Henry's Fork Intern Ilinca Popescu.
Galatee Intern Marina Luccioni wants to explore the ways different people relate to the environment and art.
Invasive mussels stall a pricey water pipeline on Utah’s Lake Powell; a new class of western land tycoons clash with locals over land use; cannabis farmers tap into a budding market for organic and biodynamic marijuana products; and other recent news from around the West.
“The System of the River,” by historian William Lilley III looks at the early development of the vast irrigation system that now supplies water throughout the West and the role played by its unheralded pioneer, Francis G. Newlands.
Jun 26 2019 | ... & the West Blog
With the state committed to decarbonizing its electricity supply by 2045, Farmington’s coal-fired power plant and mine are set to shut down. Faced with the loss of their largest employer, city leaders are considering whether to get behind an uncertain carbon-capture technology, or turn to renewables and the tourist economy.
How a team of editors and librarians saved Sunset magazine’s archives—and helped preserve the history of the American West.
The BLM moves forward with the one of the world’s largest solar developments on federal land near Las Vegas; an obscure global cactus trade blooms illegally in Arizona’s federal desertland; prison inmates return to the fields in numbers not seen since the Jim Crow era; and other recent news from around the West.

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Jul 18 2019 | ... & the West Blog
An academic study supports the notion that one way to mitigate wildfires is clearing out trees, brush and brambles in the forest understory, often with prescribed burns. But proponents face a slew of obstacles, from pollution concerns and shrinking seasonal windows, to the vast scale of undertreated western forestland.
Jul 17 2019 | Out West student blog
"Working on projects with the Washington Water Trust has pushed me to think about the ways that every small stream and every person is affected by climate change and processes of the natural world," says intern, Anna Greene.
Jul 16 2019 | Out West student blog
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve "offered a wealth of sonic textures in addition to sweeping visual beauty," writes Shiriel Abramson.