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2020 Convention and Trade Show March 1 - 5, 2020 Arlington, Virginia The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) is looking for enriching, enlightening and innovative session ideas for its 2020 Convention and Trade Show. We are seeking high-quality speakers and facilitators who can challenge participants to think about leveraging partnerships in new ways and help strengthen the skills essential to collaborate effectively for the benefit of public lands and their users. Proposals are due July 3, 2020. Submit your Proposal Submissions should cover topics relevant to public lands nonprofits and their agency partners, including but not limited ...
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SILVER SPRING – The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) releases the following statement from President and CEO Dan Puskar: “Today PLA joins with many conservation leaders on Capitol Hill to ask Congress to invest in the infrastructure of America’s national parks and public lands. “America's parks, refuges, and conservation lands represent the best of our natural, historical and cultural heritage, providing all citizens with access to recreation, education and inspiration. Yet land managers have not been given sufficient funds over decades to maintain the infrastructure critical to experiencing these public lands - from visitor centers and historic buildings to ...
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Glacier National Park (GNP) Education Specialist, Laura Law, and teachers reflecting on how science and culture are inter-twined (at Two Medicine Lake). In 2013, the Glacier National Park Fund and the Glacier Association merged into the Glacier National Park Conservancy (GNPC) in order to better serve the Park by providing support for preservation, education and research through philanthropy and outreach. One component of their educational support is to help Glacier National Park staff provide high quality, professional development opportunities for teachers about park resources. The Park's education staff works with researchers and community partners ...
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Youth Environmental Leadership Program (YELP) is a paid internship program for youth of color that focuses on experience in Science, Technology, Math and Engineering (STEM) careers, particularly in the park service and conservation fields. Since 1993, Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has raised more than $68 million to fund historic preservation, wildlife management, environmental education and more in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). This partnership has flourished over the years, building up a list of accomplishments such as the reconstruction of the historic Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower, the reintroduction ...
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SILVER SPRING – The Office of the Inspector General at the Department of the Interior conducted an evaluation to determine whether the National Park Service accepted and used donations from philanthropic partners in compliance with policies, regulations, and laws. The OIG issued its report today. Dan Puskar, executive director of the Public Lands Alliance, released the following statement in response: “America’s national parks benefit enormously from a network of nonprofit partners dedicated to furthering the mission of the National Park Service (NPS) and enhancing the experiences of park visitors. These organizations continue a legacy of private citizens ...
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SILVER SPRING - Today, the President signed S.47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act , which passed Congress with incredible bipartisan support. Dan Puskar, executive director of the Public Lands Alliance (PLA) released the following statement: "Today we are reminded once again that all Americans cherish our public lands and are welcome to participate actively in them. "The Public Lands Alliance applauds Senate and House leadership for their bold and conscientious initiative that brought so many together at one table. The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act is a bipartisan achievement and ...
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View the 2019 Awards Bulletin FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DENVER, CO --The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) has announced the recipients of its 2019 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 275 people attended the awards ceremony during the PLA Convention and Trade Show in Denver, CO. Impact Photographics sponsored the awards program and ceremony. A total of 22 awards were presented to individuals and organizations. In addition, ...
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SILVER SPRING - The Senate passed S.47, the Natural Resources Management Act , with tremendous bipartisan support. Dan Puskar, executive director of the Public Lands Alliance (PLA) released the following statement: "Congress is on the verge of a monumental enhancement to America's public lands. PLA applauds the Senate's passage of S.47, the Natural Resources Management Act, and encourages the House of Representatives to take it up swiftly. "The bill authorizes many important provisions important to the nonprofit partners of public lands. These include: Permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund; Every Kid Outdoors Act; ...
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Corps member helps local youth plant native wildflowers in Rocky Mountain National Park. Since 1931, Rocky Mountain Conservancy has provided education and interpretation to visitors of Rocky Mountain National Park as a nonprofit partner. Since then, they have expanded their education programs through their Field Institute and Conservation programs and have identified a variety of ways to engage youth and young adults. This year, the Conservancy is leading programs that engage young people from ages four to twenty-five to learn about the park and become lifelong stewards. Through elementary school programs, fellowship programs and a Corps program, ...
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SILVER SPRING, MD – The nonprofit partners of America's national parks, refuges, forests, and conservation areas are facing immense challenges as the government shutdown continues. More than $1.6 million of revenue from retail sales and visitor programs have been lost through January 4, and will not be recovered, according to a PLA survey of nonprofit partners. Additionally, more than 200 employees of these organizations have been laid off, furloughed, or compelled to accept leave without pay through January 11, creating unwarranted financial hardships for them and their families. PLA believes these devastating numbers will continue to rise. As the ...
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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 from Dan Puskar, executive director of PLA: "America's public lands are now vulnerable due to the inaction of our nation's political leaders. As a new Congress begins, PLA calls on our elected leaders to find common ground quickly and fully reopen our parks, refuges, forests, conservation areas, and monuments through the end of FY 2019. "Many public lands have remained open without the proper personnel to manage them. This has ...
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California State Parks Acting Sector Superintendent Brett Silver points to the damaged duff layer at the base of a redwood tree in the Grove of Titans. Increased foot traffic has caused the ferns to die and has exposed the roots of the tree. Photo Credit: Max Forster. In Jebediah Smith Redwoods State Park in northern California stands some of the world’s largest and oldest redwood trees. The majestic Grove of Titans was discovered by researchers in the 1990s and was relatively hidden from the public for several years. Recently, however, the location of these redwoods has been popularized online and through social media and hundreds of visitors per ...
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Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge; Photo Credit: Beverly Sinclair. You will hear the rumble of snow geese before you see them. At the first light of dawn, they cover the water of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and there they rest as a blanket of snow. As the sun rises, they begin to stir. You hear a low, roaring thunder and you look out. The water is moving, the birds are flapping their wings and then, they ascend above you in thousands. Their screaming calls fill the sky and block your view of the lingering stars. The geese fly overheard en masse and a moment later they are gone; a snow patch ...
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Fissure 8 of the Kīlauea Volcano effusing voluminous lava on the Island of Hawai’i. Photo taken June 22, 2018. Photo Credit: USGS. On April 30, 2018, Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō , the main vent of an eruption on the East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano, emptied and collapsed. In early May, an eruption commenced on the Lower East Rift Zone and then a 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook the Island of Hawai‘i. Explosive events at the summit of Kīlauea began a few days afterward and the majority of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (HAVO) closed. Ash plumes, some ascending up to 30,000 ft. deposited ash at the summit and in communities downwind. Most destructively, a series ...
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Sugar Pine Point State Park along the western shores of Lake Tahoe, CA. In California, there are more than 280 state parks managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. These parks contain diverse natural, cultural and recreational resources and many of them are supported by nonprofit partners who raise funds and manage operations to ensure that the parks are open and enjoyed by park visitors. In northern California, Sierra State Parks Foundation (SSPF) supports seven of these parks in the western shores of Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake area. SSPF is one of 89 cooperating associations that partner with the state parks system and, while ...
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The 416 Fire in the San Juan National Forest in early June 2018. Photo Credit: Jim Mackensen; Source: San Juan National Forest Facebook Page. On June 11, 2018, a rapidly growing wildfire in Southwest Colorado forced the U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) to close visitor access to the entirety of the San Juan National Forest for the first time in history. What later became known as the 416 & Burro Fire Complex burned approximately 55,000 acres and shut down entry to the forest for ten days. While the Forest Service acted swiftly to respond to the fire, the nonprofit, San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA) also stepped up to help visitors and ...
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages 5,000 recreation areas at 403 lakes and rivers across the country. In September 2006, a group of retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) employees and leaders from the private sector came together to create a nonprofit that would support lakes and waterways across the country. An official nonprofit partner of the USACE, The Corps Foundation (Foundation) developed out of a growing concern for decreases in federal funds for USACE sites and with an interest in supporting these programs and facilities to keep these treasured resources vibrant. The nonprofit now operates as a volunteer-run organization ...
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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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