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Our Vision

We work for the day when America’s public lands are understood and appreciated, preserved and conserved and enjoyed by all. The most direct way to realize this vision is to ensure that public lands have strong nonprofit partners with the capacity to galvanize private support, catalyze change and take strategic risks.

Our Mission

We work to build and elevate effective nonprofit organizations and exceptional public-nonprofit partnerships for the benefit of public lands and their users.

Who We Are

The Public Lands Alliance, formerly known as the Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL), has worked to foster and advance its members, the nonprofit partners of America's public lands, since 1977. We began as a conference of cooperating associations that partnered with the National Park Service, yet today, our membership encompasses nonprofit organizations of all shapes and sizes that enrich the diversity of our public lands.  

In March 2016, we renamed our organization to the Public Lands Alliance. The Public Lands Alliance captures the essence of our organization - a unified, powerful community dedicated to the preservation, enrichment and enjoyment of America's most treasured places. This new name aligns our external identity with our evolution as the national voice for nonprofit public lands partners -- a leader in growing effective and successful partnerships and a vital network for nonprofit leaders and land managers.

Connect. Strengthen. Represent.

Our organization's tagline encapsulates the value proposition that the Alliance creates for our members.

  • We connect public lands partners not only to agency leaders and socially conscious corporations but also to one another in a vibrant peer network.
  • We strengthen our community through targeted education, training and our other capacity building programs.
  • We represent our members' interests with elected officials and policy makers.

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2019 - 2021 Strategic Plan

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2018 Annual Report

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