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Wildfire and Water: Exploring Climate Change in the American West - Part V

In the final part of their Water and Wildfire, Jessa and Emma sat down with M.S. biology graduate Erika Stewart about her work on fire-resistant plants along Idaho roads and highways.

To end this series on a positive note, Jessa and Emma discussed with Erika Stewart work being done now to actively reduce the severity of burn season in Idaho. Working with Dr. Joshua Grinath, they are researching which native plants will be most sustainable to plant along roadways.

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Jessa is in her final year of her undergraduate career, pursuing three majors: English with Creative Writing, History, and Global Studies with an emphasis in French Language and Literature. She is a published author through ISU's Black Rock & Sage literary magazine and hopes to join the Sustainability Club at ISU. Her sustainability journey began with her year abroad when she interned for Letters to the Earth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability. She hopes to work for Amnesty International until she can write books in the mountains full time.