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Aug 26 2016 | Out West student blog
The difference between expectations and reality here in LA has got me thinking about the anchoring, centering power than unique places have. While it pains me to see things like mountaintop removal for ecological and social reasons (The people living downstream! The animals!), what gets me even more is the erasure of location.
Aug 26 2016 | Out West student blog
The beauty of Yosemite will most likely dot my dreams for a long time. I’m grateful for the break I found this summer in its waterfalls and boulders, but I’m mostly grateful that I didn’t just appreciate the area. My job at the Yosemite Museum gave me a base of history and culture with which I thought about the area.
Aug 25 2016 | Out West student blog
Even though I had almost no experience with the tools and techniques I’d be using on several of these projects, my coworkers had an incredible amount of trust in my ability, and this allowed me to try so many new things. They gave me a ton of freedom in shaping the direction of these projects, and that seemed pretty rare to me.
Aug 25 2016 | Out West student blog
A naturally quiet speaker with a tendency to mumble, I never would have imagined myself being able to present to crowds about Yellowstone’s history; and yet, just a couple of weeks in, I’m beginning to enjoy sharing my knowledge with people, as well as learning from the stories and anecdotes they have to tell about their experiences here in the Park.
Aug 20 2016 | Out West student blog
So, what did I plan on learning in my internship? About publishing, that’s what. And what would I do with my time outside of work? I claimed I would visit every coffee shop in Berkeley and create a psychogeographic representation of the city based on that.
Aug 19 2016 | Out West student blog
A week from today will be the climax of my climbing summer, as I attempt to summit the Grand Teton. The day after, I leave the Greater Yellowstone Area for good on what promises to be an epic road trip to Southern Utah’s canyon country with my sister. All of this has been planned to ensure I arrive on campus in time for the Stanford Football home opener against Kansas State, September 2.
Aug 19 2016 | Out West student blog
I know that one short comment, “vegetation location inaccessible,” belies a two-mile trek down a steep canyon, and a near-death experience with (what really seemed like at the time) a rattlesnake.
Aug 18 2016 | Out West student blog
Environmental conservation is inherently a local, grass roots effort. There is no way around it; you have to know the community and the land in order to be able to effectively help transform it into a usable park or thoroughfare.
Aug 18 2016 | Out West student blog
Poring through the trail registers for the past few years, it was easy to see the growth in popularity of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNT), the trail on which the cabin sits—and the trail I’ve spent the past two months studying.
Aug 10 2016 | Out West student blog
Our western summer intern Kate Roberts is learning about historical ecology at the San Francisco Estuary Institute. Scientists use historical ecology research to help restore landscapes and ecosystems – which means digging through archives and historical documents, maps and data to create an image of how a landscape looked, and how its ecosystem functioned.

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