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Federal plans to complete a continuous wall along the U.S.-Mexico boundary would threaten the existence of numerous plant and animal species. A conversation with two Stanford biologists.
Jul 24 2018 | Out West student blog
In Geneva, Carson Smith “presented on the role of Peacemaking, an indigenous form of conflict resolution often utilized in tribal courts, in the context of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.”
Jul 23 2018 | Out West student blog
“Managing California’s energy markets is more difficult than it might seem,” writes Carlos Ciudad-Real, who is interning at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).
Farm irrigation turns Arizona area from an affordable rural valley into a waterless wonderland; what’s in store for the Endangered Species Act? Wild horses on the Navajo reservation disrupted by climate change; some of best environmental reads this month.
Jul 20 2018 | Center News
Summer is almost always a time of transition at Stanford. With commencement behind us, we’d like to take stock of some significant comings and goings in the Bill Lane Center for the American West community.
Jul 20 2018 | Out West student blog
“Wielding acronyms in conversation makes it easy to speak quickly,” says Maggie Wood, an intern at the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), but it’s “nearly impossible for outsiders to enter the conversation.” Fortunately, she got up to speed ASAP.
Jul 19 2018 | Out West student blog
“Filing a ballot measure petition,” says NCSL intern Eliza Steffen, “Can be a complex and idiosyncratic process.” She’s working with colleagues to create a catalog of referendum systems in 24 states.

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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.