Policy Memo: Reorganization of Federal Support Necessary for Proper Wildfire Mitigation

Memorandum To: Senator Richard Burr From: Olivia Stanley and Ned Morrissett Subject: Wildfire Disaster Planning and Management Reorganization of Federal Support Necessary for Proper Wildfire Mitigation An irresponsible camper leaves a fire unattended in a California forest. The wind picks up and suddenly that small camp fire becomes the tiny spark needed to set the …

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Olivia Stanley

About Olivia Stanley

My name is Olivia Stanley and I’m from Roanoke, Virginia. I’m an environmental studies and philosophy major in the class of 2020 at Davidson College. At Davidson, I am also a member of the varsity women’s swim team and Warner Hall. I’m especially interested in ecosystem conservation and sustainability and I hope to one day be involved in environmental law.

Literature Review: Wildfire Disaster Planning and Management

  In the last twenty years, the frequency and intensity of wildfires has drastically increased in the United States. However, federal funding for wildfire relief is often not granted to affected areas due to provisions in the Stafford Act that require a wildfire be declared a disaster prior to receiving aid. The Stafford Act authorizes …

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Olivia Stanley

About Olivia Stanley

My name is Olivia Stanley and I’m from Roanoke, Virginia. I’m an environmental studies and philosophy major in the class of 2020 at Davidson College. At Davidson, I am also a member of the varsity women’s swim team and Warner Hall. I’m especially interested in ecosystem conservation and sustainability and I hope to one day be involved in environmental law.

Acid Rain and The Clean Air Amendments of 1990: A Stakeholder Analysis

  In 2016, the EPA reported that aggregate emissions of six common pollutants dropped 70% between 1970 and 2015 (US EPA). This decrease occurred in large part due to the signing of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. The case of the Clean Air Amendments of 1990 was fueled by rising concern over the sources …

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Olivia Stanley

About Olivia Stanley

My name is Olivia Stanley and I’m from Roanoke, Virginia. I’m an environmental studies and philosophy major in the class of 2020 at Davidson College. At Davidson, I am also a member of the varsity women’s swim team and Warner Hall. I’m especially interested in ecosystem conservation and sustainability and I hope to one day be involved in environmental law.

Literature Review

For as long as the United States has existed, there have been ongoing debates on how land, particularly federally owned land, should be used.  In the past few decades, the focus has been on federal land ought to be used in the West, especially in states like Nevada, Oregon, and Utah, where the federal government …

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Literature Review for Sea Turtle Policy Memo

Literary Review Each summer, there are about 20,000 homes rented in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The actions and inactions of these seasonal beachgoers have a significant impact on the local beachfront ecosystems. Their simple act of turning on lights at Read more…

Sea Turtle Hatchling Conservation in North Carolina

To: Secretary Michael S. Regan of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality From: Re: Sea Turtles in Cape Hatteras Date: April 23, 2018 MEMORANDUM It is estimated that only 1 in 1,000 sea turtle hatchlings will survive into adulthood[i]. These Read more…

Balancing Values

Case Response: Deepwater Horizon When money is on the line, people act irrationally without thinking of the costs. This is evident all the way from television shows like “Minute to Win It,” to deep water oil drilling companies. The dominant Read more…

Policy Memo

To: Representative Jason Chaffetz From: Jack Kennedy Subject: Utilizing Federal Lands in the West Date: April 23, 2018   Background and Introduction Since the American Revolution federal land ownership has been a prominent disputed issue.[i] Considering roughly 28% of the land area in the United States is owned by the federal government, it logically follows …

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Case Response Paper

Oddly, human nature often disregards a threat or danger until it directly affects them. By that point, it is highly probable that it is too late to change what has been done or stop the consequences from occurring. Love Canal, a mere 15-minute drive from my house, serves as a quintessential example of this human …

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Policy Memo: Cape Hatteras Sea Turtles

MEMORANDUM It is estimated that only 1 in 1,000 sea turtle hatchlings will survive into adulthood. These dismal chances of survival for a baby turtle are largely due to human activity; artificial light on the waterfront, neglected beach equipment, and other disturbances to the shoreline all play a part in preventing turtle hatchlings from reaching […]

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