Our Mission & Values

  • Workshop participants in Moraine Park. PLHC photo, 2013.
  • A book in the Public Lands History Book Series, published with the University of Oklahoma Press
  • Faculty and students at the oral history training workshop.
  • The American West Program's Signature Public Event for the Fall 2016.

Mission
The PLHC models an alternative collaborative structure for the 21st century with our partners and researchers based on shared authority, reciprocity, public engagement, and a non-hierarchical approach to knowledge production.


Values

Collaboration
Useful Knowledge
Education
Resource Stewardship
Innovation
Community

 

As a research unit in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University, the PLHC’s values reflect and transmit those of our institution, including:

Engaging External Partners and Interdisciplinary Collaborators

  • Creative partnerships with industry, philanthropy, and alumni
  • Collaborations with federal resource managers who rely on university partnerships to fulfill research, education, and management mandates
  • Interdisciplinary problem-solving for issues related to the natural and built environment

 
 Preparing History Students to Make Lasting Contributions to a Dynamic Society

  • Field-based courses that address critical resource issues and provide exposure to “citizen science” opportunities
  • Research conducted in response to dialogue with interdisciplinary, real-world partners


Connecting the Local to the Global

  •  Taking inspiration from our strategic Front Range location and proximity to an enormous array of natural resources and protected areas in the region
  • Bringing insights developed at our land grant institution to national and global needs
  • Using public education events to reach a wide audience that includes policy makers, citizens, scientists, resource managers, and advocates
  • Producing research with relevance to resource managers and others in analogous global settings

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