The Office of the Vice President for Research recently launched podcast showcasing research initiatives at Colorado State University. For the inaugural episode, State of Research host, Ty Betts, chose to highlight the Public Lands History Center’s ongoing research partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Now in its second year, the collaboration brings graduate student researchers to Colorado’s state parks to produce professional-grade historical reports, surveys, maps, and interpretation of historic buildings, structures, and landscapes. Their findings assist land managers in decision-making and facilitate stewardship of the state parks’ resources. So far, the PLHC has completed research for Lory State Park, Boyd Lake State Park, and State Forest State Park.

The half-hour podcast features interviews with PLHC Program Manager, Ariel Schnee, and PLHC graduate student researcher, Craig Somers, reporting on their experience developing this project and the history of resource use in State Forest State Park.

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