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Public Interest Law Project

Alliyah Mirza

October 10, 2011

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Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center

Over the summer, I worked as a legal intern for Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center. KS Wild is a non-profit organization comprised of dedicated activists, attorneys, and volunteers who work to protect 4 million acres of unique forests and wild rivers within the KS bioregion. I spent most of my summer learning how to issue spot and comment on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments. Initially, just sorting through the logging lingo was a challenge, but with guidance, I was able to understand the more complex scientific and legal issues surrounding timber sales. I also wrote a research memo on Habitat Conservation Plans and helped begin drafting a complaint for the Willy Slide Timber Sale. One of the most important aspects of this internship was the opportunity to go into the field and observe the Willy Slide Timber Sale. In order to remain motivated and effective, I think it is crucial for me to take the time to experience the natural areas I am trying to protect. Working with KS Wild was an invaluable experience because it gave me a unique perspective on administrative agencies, background knowledge in environmental law, and hands on experience in the realm of public forest protection. 

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