The Public Lands Alliance Recognizes Excellence In Partnerships

By Public Lands Alliance Staff posted 03-01-2018 10:59

  

PPCA_Award.jpgPeaks, 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 Convention and Trade Show in Palm Springs, CA on February 28. Impact Photographics sponsored the awards program and ceremony.

A total of 13 awards were presented to individuals and organizations. In addition, there were 13 honorable mentions given along with a popular vote, Partners Choice Award.

Awards were given in six categories:

  • Corporate Stewardship Award

  • Public Lands Partner Award

  • Agency Leadership Award

  • Innovative Product Award

  • Outstanding Public Engagement Award

  • Publication of the Year

"The Partnership Awards honor the incredible efforts of the public and private sector, working together for the benefit of public lands,” said David Poteet, Board President of PLA.

“This year’s nominations are phenomenal examples of how partners can accomplish the extraordinary.”

Here is a complete list of the 2018 Partnership Award winners: (Photos available upon request)


CORPORATE STEWARDSHIP AWARD

The Corporate Stewardship Award recognizes a company that has demonstrated exceptional achievement to enhance the quality of the visitor experience in America's public lands.

The following companies received the Corporate Stewardship Award on behalf of their philanthropic and partnership efforts with public lands nonprofits:

  • CANON, USA INC: For their dedication to wildlife conservation and research in Yellowstone National Park.

  • NEW BELGIUM BREWING COMPANY: For their partnership with the Friends of the Smokies.


AGENCY LEADERSHIP AWARD

The Agency Leadership Award recognizes a land management agency employee for outstanding accomplishments in championing, cultivating and leading a partnership. These individuals were presented with the Agency Leadership Award:

  • Marty Hornick, Forest Supervisor of Inyo National Forest

  • Jeff Mow, Superintendent of Glacier National Park


PUBLIC LANDS PARTNER AWARD

The Public Lands Partner Award recognizes an exemplary partnership for its stunning achievements to protect and preserve public lands and enhance the experiences of visitors.

The award is presented to both the nonprofit organization and its agency partner for their shared achievements. The following organizations and their agency partners received the 2017 Public Lands Partner Award:

  • The Corps Foundation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  • Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches and the California Department of Parks and Recreation

  • Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

  • Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative, the University of Utah and the National Park Service


INNOVATIVE PRODUCT AWARD

The innovative product award recognizes an interpretive product of any medium created in partnership by a nonprofit organization and land management agency that embodies a path-breaking approach to achieve a public lands mission.

AWARD WINNER:

  • “C&O Canal Explorer Mobile App,” C&O Canal Trust

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • “Parks Project Conservancy Collaborations,” Parks Project

  • “Mesa Verde Voices Podcast,” Mesa Verde Museum Association

  • “Presidio Of San Francisco Map Tray,” Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy 


OUTSTANDING PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AWARD: PRODUCT OR DISPLAY AND PROGRAM OR SERVICE

The Outstanding Public Engagement Award recognizes exemplary products, displays, programs or services created in partnership by a nonprofit organization and public lands that advance meaningful and sustainable connections between individuals and America's public lands.

PRODUCT OR DISPLAY:

AWARD WINNER:

  • “Your Forests, Your Future,” Salmon Valley Stewardship and U.S. Forest Service

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • “Colorado National Monument 1st Edition Bike Jersey,” Colorado National Monument Association

  • “2017 Report To The Community,” Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy 

PROGRAM OR SERVICE 

AWARD WINNER:

  • “Home Land Security,” Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • “2017 Solar Eclipse Events At Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” Great Smoky Mountains Association

  • “Conservation Corps Programs,” Rocky Mountain Conservancy 


PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR

The Publication of the Year Award recognizes a book or other publication created in partnership by a nonprofit organization and a public land that embodies innovation in educating and interpreting public lands to its readers, and impacts a substantial audience. Each year an award is granted to both an organization with annual gross revenues above and below $1.5 million.

AWARD WINNER FOR AN ORGANIZATION WITH GROSS REVENUE BELOW $1.5 MILLION: 

  • "Flying Home, The Colorado Plateau From Above And Below," Peaks, Plateaus & Canyons Association

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • "Geology Of Badlands National Park," Badlands Natural History Association

  • "'To Emancipate The Mind And Soul': Storer College 1867-1955," Harpers Ferry Historical Association 

AWARD WINNER FOR AN ORGANIZATION WITH GROSS REVENUE ABOVE $1.5 MILLION:

  • "Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration," Friends Of Acadia

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • "Big Walls, Swift Waters: Epic Stories From Yosemite Search And Rescue," Yosemite Conservancy

  • "Mister Magnificent’s Magical Merrimack Adventure," Eastern National

  • "Muir’s Temples: A Natural History Of Sequoia Grove Plants," Sequoia Parks Conservancy

  • "Where Dinosaurs Roamed, Lost Worlds Of Utah’s Grand Staircase," Glen Canyon Natural History Association 


PARTNERS CHOICE AWARD

This is the most inspiring submission as voted on by the public. Organizations promoted this voting to their members through social media, email marketing and through promoting to colleagues and friends.

  • “Trails Forever program,” Friends of the Smokies

For additional details on the individual award recipients, contact the Public Lands Alliance.

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About the Public Lands Alliance The Public Lands Alliance is a network of more than 130 member organizations that serve more than 600 public lands and contribute over $250 million dollars annually to the preservation and visitor enhancement of those lands. PLA members are found in all states and territories and provide operational and interpretive support to nonprofit organizations and their land management agency partners.

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