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Learning from the past to preserve the future of public lands

Welcome to the Public Lands History Center!

Established in 2007, the award-winning Public Lands History Center (PLHC) integrates research, education, and outreach in the best tradition of a land-grant university. Projects with National Parks and other public land management agencies enlist faculty, graduate students, and other researchers to conduct historical research that directly informs current resource management challenges. Our American West Program seeks to expose audiences to significant research, dynamic speakers, narratives of change and contestation, and the excitement of interdisciplinary dialogue on human-environment issues in the West.  The PLHC gets students out of the classroom and into the field to get the experience and connections they need for fulfilling careers after graduation.

PPL 2019 group photo: Top row left to right: Ariel Schnee, Michael Childers, Ella Rupp, Isabel Wilsons, Gentrice Petrie, Kayla Steele Second row: Alexander Miller, Isabella Condon, Marielle Lenderts Third row: Kurt Kneirim, Rebekah Schields, Leslie Moore, Hailey Doucette Bottom row: Tristan Purdy, Craig Somers, Andrew Olson, Jacob Swisher
PPL 2019 group photo: Top row left to right: Ariel Schnee, Michael Childers, Ella Rupp, Isabel Wilsons, Gentrice Petrie, Kayla Steele Second row: Alexander Miller, Isabella Condon, Marielle Lenderts Third row: Kurt Kneirim, Rebekah Schields, Leslie Moore, Hailey Doucette Bottom row: Tristan Purdy, Craig Somers, Andrew Olson, Jacob Swisher
Participants Carly Boerrigter, Daniel Gilbert, and Kylee Cole at PPL 2018 rephotographing the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Participants Carly Boerrigter, Daniel Gilbert, and Kylee Cole at PPL 2018 rephotographing the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Recent News

PLHC launches ‘Public Landemic’ project

April 17, 2020

COVID-19 inspires PLHC’s ‘Public Landemic’ Project What is a Public Landemic? Efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 have radically changed recreation and leisure landscape in Colorado. The pandemic caused ski resorts to close at the height of height of spring ski season. Climbing gyms and fitness centers closed their doors. Closures of businesses including […]

PLHC Hosts Alumni Career Panel at History Day 2020

March 17, 2020

History Day 2020: Connecting college, career with CSU alumni On March 6th, the Public Lands History Center welcomed forty high school students from Rocky Mountain High School (RMHS) and Berthoud High School (BHS) to campus for History Day, a collaborative program that raises awareness of the history major and career options for historians. In 2018 […]

CSU Instructor, Douglas Sheflin, Receives Choice Designation for Legacies of Dust

February 11, 2020

Colorado State University History faculty member, Dr. Douglas Sheflin, was selected to receive the 2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title designation for his book, Legacies of Dust: Land Use and Labor in the Colorado Plains. The award recognizes the top academic titles of the year, as reviewed by Choice. Dr. Sheflin has also participated on an American […]

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