Live Chat: Nancy Langston on the Malheur Refuge

By Allison Mills | Published

Nancy Langston, a social science professor at Michigan Tech, talks about the recent 41-day occupation of the Malheur Refuge. As an environmental historian, she offers up a narrative steeped in people's ties to public lands.

Collaborative conservation

Nancy's research focuses on the ties between people, place, and past. She wrote the book Where Land and Water Meet: A Western Landscape Transformed about the history and land use of the Malheur Refuge, a narrative hinging on how people work together on public lands. Check out more of her work:

Collaboration is about finding what's in common amid differences

Scaling up

The main challenge is connecting local stakeholders with federal agencies. It's not a simple process. Nancy says the key is recognizing broader patterns and seeking resolution to past conflicts that carry into the present.

From the past, into the future

Seeking inspiration

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 54 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.