Dane Vanhoozer, M.A.

Dane Vanhoozer comes to SHRA with a BA in History and an MA in Cultural Resource Management. Dane’s interest in history and his career with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) as a wildland firefighter informed his decision to take courses from environmental historian – and editor of the Journal of Environmental History – Dr. Lisa Brady as an undergraduate at Boise State University. Dr. Brady encouraged Dane to explore environmental history, specifically as it related to public lands management. In May 2009, Dane graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in History and a Minor in Japanese Studies.

Dane continued to work for the USFS from 2009-2014. He spent several seasons on specialized helitack crews in Idaho and Montana that rappelled from helicopters into fires in the remote backcountry, mentoring those he supervised both in the classroom and out in the field. Dane participated in climate change studies that examined the resiliency of trees in the Flathead National Forest, and worked closely with Burned Area Emergency Recovery Teams in the wake of catastrophic wildfires to minimize soil erosion and encourage native regrowth.

In 2014, Dane enrolled in the graduate program in history at Colorado State University, working closely with environmental historian and co-founder of The Public Lands History Center at CSU­­­­, Dr. Mark Fiege. Coursework included American Architectural History, Historic Preservation, and Heritage Resource Management, while his research, done in conjunction with Rocky Mountain National Park, examined an over-abundant elk herd’s environmental impacts and the park’s controversial response of lethally removing the elk. In February 2015, Dane presented his research to park staff and the public at Rocky Mountain National Park’s Biennial Research Conference. Dane also worked with the Colorado Humanities as a Content Specialist for the Colorado Encyclopedia during graduate school, where he produced original scholarship to be used by Colorado’s state school system. Dane’s experience includes preparation of National Register of Historic Places nomination forms and reports for the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), and Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS). Dane was also trained in a full range of federal compliance regulation, specifically Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act procedures. In August 2016, Dane graduated Summa Cum Laude from Colorado State University with an M.A. in Cultural Resource Management.

Dane’s interest in researching and preserving the past continues to dovetail with his extracurricular pursuits as he enjoys taking extended backpacking trips, mountain biking, and, most importantly, exploring the intersection of the built and natural environments throughout the nation’s public lands.