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SACRAMENTO, CA and SILVER SPRING, MD – The California League of Park Associations (CALPA) and the Public Lands Alliance (PLA) are joining forces to elevate the connectivity and capacity of cooperating associations and other nonprofit partners supporting California State Parks. Through a new joint membership program, nonprofit partners of California State Parks will gain unprecedented access to online training and educational resources, as well as a national community of nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving all of America's public lands and their visitors. The joint membership program preserves the unique missions of CALPA and ...
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Colorful ash at the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes in Katmai National Park and Preserve. Photo Credit: NPS. In southern Alaska, at the northern end of the Alaska Peninsula, Katmai National Park and Preserve is home to thousands of Alaskan brown bears, spawning salmon and a landscape of active volcanoes. In 1918, the site was declared a national monument to protect Mount Katmai and its surrounding area. In 1980, it was then expanded to become a park and preserve that furthered protections and allowed native Alaskan communities to continue to practice subsistence hunting. Helping to the tell the story of this public land while celebrating 100 years ...
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Denver, CO Skyline. Photo courtesy of VISIT DENVER 2019 Convention and Trade Show February 24 - February 28, 2019 Denver, Colorado Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) is looking for enriching and enlightening session proposals that will help attendees achieve new levels of excellence in serving and supporting public lands across America. Our program committee seeks proposals that respond to contemporary opportunities and challenges on public lands. We especially seek proposals that incorporate elements of PLA's effective partnership tenets and further the conversation of effective public lands partnerships. Proposals ...
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Walking, running, and biking are three popular activities along the C&O Canal towpath, shown here near Carderock. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal served as a shipping route along the Potomac River from Cumberland, Maryland to Washington D.C., fulfilling a dream of George Washington to utilize America’s waterways to connect resources from the west to markets in the east. However, with the construction of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, canal boats were soon outrun by train cars. Due to competition with the railroads and destructive flooding, the canal closed to boat traffic in the 1920s. Then, in ...
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This April, the Public Lands Alliance (PLA) gave me the opportunity to do a whirlwind trip to visit public lands nonprofits in New Mexico. If you’ve followed Newswire for a while, you may have read about my adventures last year in California which involved me driving across the state in a rental car to visit an inspiring group of nonprofit partners. This trip to New Mexico was no less exhilarating, and as Marketing and Communications Manager for PLA, I am amazed and humbled by the stories nonprofits had to share with me and to witness the innovative ways they serve public lands visitors. Through this photo blog, my goal is to shed some light ...
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The D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives is one of the oldest fish hatcheries in the country. Pictured here are raceways used for propogating trout and the original hatchery building in the background. The D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives in Spearfish, SD hatchery was constructed in 1896 to propagate, stock and establish trout populations in the Black Hills of South Dakota and in Wyoming and Montana. Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services releases about 40,000 trout into tribal waters to provide recreational fishing opportunities and and positive economic impact for years to come. The site also doubles ...
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Washington, DC -- Today, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on "Exploring Innovative Solutions to Reduce the Department of the Interior’s Maintenance Backlog." Dan Puskar, executive director of the Public Lands Alliance, called on Congress to: Create a dedicated, reliable, and sizeable funding source for all DOI public lands that eliminates the existing maintenance backlog while providing necessary routine and cyclic maintenance funding to prevent future backlogs. Incentivize philanthropy and nonprofit support for appropriate maintenance projects and other visitor experience enhancements by expanding matching ...
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Peaks, Plateaus & Canyons Association poses with their Partnership Award for Publication of the Year. The dress theme for the ceremony was Hollywood's Playground in the 1950's. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PALM SPRINGS, CA --The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) has announced the recipients of its 2018 Partnership Awards that celebrate the best in public lands partnerships. These awards honor individuals, organizations, publications, products, programs and services that embody leading edge achievements in the preservation of public lands and the enrichment of visitors. More than 370 people attended the awards ceremony during the Public Lands Alliance ...
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Laurel Rematore with Great Smoky Mountains Assoication, Genevieve Day and Felicia Boyd with Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation pose with their Public Lands Hero Award. PALM SPRINGS, CA – On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the Public Lands Alliance (PLA) recognized 11 nonprofit organizations who have stepped up and have swiftly worked with their land management agency partners to help their public lands recover from recent wildfires, floods, and hurricanes. PLA established the Public Lands Hero Award to celebrate individuals and organizations whose actions exceed the high standards to which all public lands partners aspire. The PLA Board of Directors ...
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Horseshoe Bend in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, AZ. Situated in northern Arizona and southern Utah, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is rich in indigenous artifacts, Mormon pioneer history, dinosaur bones, mesas, waterways and expansive scenic views. Helping to spread the word about this landscape and other unique public lands in the Colorado Plateau is Glen Canyon Natural History Association (GCNHA), a nonprofit based in Page, AZ. GCNHA partners with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation to provide education to visitors and to operate retail sales at seven visitor centers. This year, ...
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General Grant National Memorial in New York City is closed due to the lapse in federal appropriations. As a result, no visitor services will be provided during the shutdown. Photo Credit: NPCA / flickr FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SILVER SPRING, MD -- The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) is deeply concerned by the federal government shutdown and its impact on America's public lands, their visitors, and their partners. Below is a statement by Dan Puskar, executive director of PLA: "Despite the Administration's attempts, hundreds of private sector workers are unable to report to their jobs today. They are employed by nonprofit organizations dedicated to ...
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Photos of damage and recovery efforts at Everglades National Park following Hurricane Irma. Photo Source: NPS / Flickr On September 10 2017, Hurricane Irma swept through Florida as a Category 4 storm, devastating park infrastructure and toppling trees in Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Park, Biscayne National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park. At that time, some 350 National Park Service (NPS) employees were on the ground to respond to immediate recovery needs, such as conducting damage assessments and removing debris. One group that also stepped up to help was South Florida National Parks Trust (SFNPT), a Friends Group based in ...
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Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains. For nearly 30 years, the Santa Monica Mountains Fund (the Fund) has provided support to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Southern California. Through sponsoring research projects, internships and outreach programs, and providing funds to their national park partner, the Fund seeks to enhance the park agencies’ efforts to preserve the natural resources and hopes to connect nearby residents to the more than 500 miles of trails that are an hour's drive from Los Angeles. One program they support to connect youth to the mountains is the Youth Ambassadors Program (YAP). A program ...
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Water Canyon in northern Nevada, 2,000 feet above the town of Winnemucca For the past 15 years, Nevada Outdoor School (NOS) has provided outdoor environmental education programs for school-age children in northern Nevada. With classroom programs, field trips and summer camps, the nonprofit aims to connect young people to the outdoors using place-based learning and Leave No Trace initiatives. The nonprofit mainly provides education programs to rural communities in Humboldt, Lander and Elko Counties in Nevada and they work with federal and state land management agencies and local schools to get youth outdoors. As Melanie Erquiaga, Executive Director ...
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On November 11, 2017, Americans will honor veterans and military families for their dedication to this country. To recognize those who have served, the Department of the Interior and land management agencies across the country are offering free admission to public lands that charge an entrance fee. Here are 5 Ways You Can Honor Veterans on Public Lands this November: Take a Walk Through the Redwoods National Tribute Grove in Northern CA The National Tribute Grove in the Redwood National and State Parks in northern California contains 5,000 acres of old-growth redwood forest and acts as a “living memorial” for veterans. The grove was ...
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View of the reconstructed Fort Vancouver taken in the Heritage Garden. Photo Credit: Friends of Fort Vancouver On the north bank of the Columbia River across from Portland, OR, stands Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, WA. This National Park Service (NPS) site is located between two urban areas and weaves together several historical and cultural narratives that represent the origin of the Pacific Northwest. Established in 1824, Fort Vancouver was a fur trading post built by the London-based Hudson's Bay Company . The historic site not only interprets Hudson Bay Company’s activities, but the military history that began with the ...
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The Public Lands Alliance is now accepting submissions to the 2018 Partnership Awards until December 1, 2017. The Partnership Awards celebrate the best in partnerships, recognizing individuals, organizations, publications, products, programs and services that embody leading edge achievements in the preservation of public lands and the enrichment of visitors. Public land nonprofits, land management agencies, companies and individuals may submit to the 2018 Partnership Awards. Entries must demonstrate exceptional partnership efforts. This year’s program is sponsored by Impact Photographics , a company that has supported public lands and partnerships ...
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Underhill State Park in northern Vermont. Photo Credit: Vermont State Parks Established in 2013, Vermont Parks Forever (VPF) is a small nonprofit with big ambitions. As a fundraising organization, they set out to raise money for the Vermont State Park system and to enhance the visitor experience in 55 parks across the state. Each year, close to one million people visit Vermont State Parks and those numbers have no indication of falling. In fact, over the past ten years, visitation has increased 47% as more people head to the parks to camp, hike or swim. To accommodate the growing needs of visitors, the park system requires visitors to pay a ...
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Participants from the IMR training in Denver, CO. Denver, CO – The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) and the National Park Service (NPS) delivered a customized training on “Innovative Strategies for Community Engagement” for more than 60 NPS employees, nonprofit partners and community stakeholders in Denver, CO from August 29 – 31. The NPS Intermountain Region sponsored this pilot training with additional support from the NPS Midwest Region. As the NPS begins its second century, this training provided tools, strategies and case studies to increase NPS opportunities for community engagement through partnerships. PLA, a leader in partnership education, ...
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Red Rock District of the Coconino National Forest. Photo Credit: U.S. Forest Service. This year, a nonprofit cooperating association in northern Arizona has made progress in offering regular activities for visitors to the forest. From educational talks about native snakes to presentations on hiking essentials and Leave No Trace principles, Arizona Natural History Association (ANHA) has begun to offer free weekly events, walks, and ranger talks in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service). ANHA entered into a contract with the Forest Service  this summer to help lead four to five programs each week. This work is in addition to ANHA ...
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