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Aug 28 2017 | Out West student blog
“An important thing to understand about wildfires, specifically those in the Sierras,” writes Tish Johnston, “Is that they are not all bad and therefore are typically not fully extinguished”
Aug 28 2017 | Out West student blog
“By merely looking at various initiatives across the country,” writes Jamie Rodriguez, “I’m truly witnessing the full breadth of governance and what direct democracy can actually entail.”
Aug 27 2017 | Out West student blog
“I have spent the past six weeks reading, hiking, climbing, and coding,” writes Zac Espinosa from the Henry’s Fork Foundation in Idaho.
Aug 23 2017 | Out West student blog
“Creating parks for people,” says Nate Marshall, “is no walk in the park. But the result – enabling millions to experience beautiful walks in a park – is undoubtedly worth it.”
Aug 23 2017 | Out West student blog
“That’s the nature of scientific work,” writes Catie Mong. “It can be filled with exhilarating days of field work followed by weeks of unglamorous data processing. But I wouldn’t trade a second of it.”
Aug 22 2017 | Out West student blog
“To achieve California’s ambitious climate change goals,” writes Anthony Ho, “we will need to look beyond new buildings and tap into the vast opportunities presented by existing buildings.”
Long before the solar eclipse crowds, national parks were drowning in people; this year’s steelhead returns in the Columbia and Snake River systems have been decimated; conservation comes to the Colorado River; Denver pushes for more electric vehicles; and Tesla is using a Hawaiian island to test how well batteries and renewables work together.

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