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In June 2020, Great Smoky Mountains Association teamed up with their park's Superintendent Cassius Cash to create Smokies Hikes for Healing. Additionally supported through aid-to-park funding from Friends of the Smokies , this collaborative program aims to connect strangers to have difficult conversations about racism and social justice in a natural setting. Read on to learn more about their efforts (originally posted in Smokies LIVE and written by Frances Figart, GSMA Creative Services Director): In late May, as the park began to resume operations after being fully closed for 46 days, a shock wave rang out around the world when George Floyd was ...
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The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) releases the following statement from President and CEO Dan Puskar: "The Great American Outdoors Act will do more to ensure the preservation, vibrancy, and accessibility of America's public lands than any legislation in recent memory, investing more than $18 billion in the next decade. The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) is grateful to the inspired leadership displayed by Senate and House champions to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and tackle the deferred maintenance challenges in our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and conservation lands. "This legislation could not have come at a more vital ...
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SILVER SPRING – The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) releases the following statement from President and CEO Dan Puskar: "The Public Lands Alliance supports the Great American Outdoors Act for its commitment to a simple promise: our national parks and public lands will be there for the American people when they are needed most. The COVID-19 pandemic has reaffirmed the American people's desire to experience the great outdoors in their neighborhoods and municipalities, but also in the grand, inspiring wide open spaces like Grand Canyon and Yosemite. And citizens should be able to expect safe facilities, trails and roads when they go to these parks and public ...
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In tandem with agency leaders from the National Park Service (NPS), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as Paiute tribal Elders, the Zion National Park Forever Project is a long-term partner for the  Camp Kwiyamuntsi (K Camp) project. This collaborative program brings together Paiute youth to connect with each other as well as with Elder leadership, an otherwise rare opportunity due to Paiute reservations being dispersed across Utah, Arizona and Nevada. Below is our interview with Zion Forever's Assistant Director of Philanthropy Kacey Jones about this program. What prompted the foundation of K ...
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The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) releases the following statement from President and CEO Dan Puskar: "All Americans have the right to explore, discover and enjoy their public lands. Public parks, forests, wildlife refuges, lakes and other lands are owned by and for the people. And all people should feel welcomed within them when they arrive as a birder, a jogger, or a protester exercising their right to speak truth to power and to assemble peaceably. "Spurred by the events of recent weeks, the Public Lands Alliance (PLA) voiced our concerns about the treatment of protesters in Lafayette Park with Congress and the Secretary of the Interior . PLA also ...
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As land management agencies and public lands partners begin to navigate what it will take to reopen our nation's most treasured landscapes in the time of COVID-19, safety measures for staff and visitors are top of mind.  PLA is proud of the work that our Corporate Partners have done to meet the needs of public lands during this difficult time, pivoting their production and developing new lines of products, many for the first time in their company history. "My Mask Protects You, Your Mask Protects Me" With a recommendation from the CDC to "wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain," ...
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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Earth Day 2020 was recognized with great enthusiasm and innovative shifts to virtual celebrations! Check out how some of our members observed the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22: Shop Public Lands --> Earth Day Youth Art Contest ( Black Hills Parks and Forests Association ) Hoping to get kids involved in Earth Day activities at home, Black Hills Parks and Forests Association invited children from grades K-12 to paint, draw , or design a poster describing what Earth Day means to them and why it is important.  The overall winning piece will be made into a postcard and, great news, art can be submitted until ...
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Due to public health threats related to COVID-19, many public lands retail operations have had to close their physical stores. However, many online opportunities to purchase engaging public lands products are still open! By shopping at these at nonprofit stores on public lands, you directly support education programs, restoration efforts and you help ensure these special places are protected. And these products make great gifts for loved ones too! Check out some examples below of the products PLA's members have available to combat the "stay-at-home" blues, and click the button below to see a full list of active public lands retail operations: Shop Public ...
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The Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is dedicated to helping shape and support the development of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. They foster a community conservation ethic by promoting environmental and cultural awareness through public educational programs and recreational opportunities. One of the Friends of Valle de Oro's newest endeavors is their ABQ Backyard Refuge (ABQBYR) program, which allows public land management agencies and community members to work together to restore and maintain robust habitats for wildlife and people to seek refuge. Read on for more about this program from the Friends of Valle de Oro Executive ...
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SILVER SPRING – The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) releases the following statement from President and CEO Dan Puskar: "America's public lands have long lacked significant investments to maintain and improve their infrastructure. National parks, forests, wildlife refuges, conservation areas and monuments currently lack the $20 billion needed to address critical maintenance issues like paving deteriorating roads, rehabilitating crumbling historic structures and grading unsafe trails. The American people also lack access to many public lands treasures, or are left without resources at the state and local levels to create new outdoor recreation spaces for rural ...
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View the 2019 Awards Bulletin --> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ARLINGTON, VA -- The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) has announced the recipients of its 2020 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 the visitor experience. Nearly 300 people attended the awards ceremony during the Public Lands Alliance Convention and Trade Show in Arlington, VA. The awards program is sponsored by Impact Photographics. A total of 16 awards were presented to individuals ...
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Alaska Geographic (AG) has been creating deeper connections to Alaska's wild lands for over 60 years as the nonprofit education partner of the state's spectacular national parks, forests and refuges. In partnership with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, the National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Forest Service (USDAFS), AG supports Composing in the Wilderness , a shared wilderness experience for adventurous composers at all levels. Below is our interview with AG executive director Andy Hall about this program. When did the Composing in the Wilderness program begin, and what was the motivation behind starting the program? Hall: The ...
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Ballard Locks Fish Ladder Renovations Concept The Fish Ladder Viewing Gallery at the Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks in Seattle has not been renovated in over 40 years, despite being the site of approximately 2 million visitors per year. Seeing the great potential of one of the Locks' most popular educational attractions, PLA member Discover Your Northwest (DYNW) decided to team up with the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and The Corps Foundation in order to raise the capital funds needed to renovate the structure. Below is our interview with DYNW Executive Director Jim Adams about this project. What prompted the Fish Ladder renovations ...
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The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) is pleased to announce the appointment of new members to our Board of Directors. These three new Directors bring decades of leadership in conservation, business and partnerships to PLA as it continues to Connect, Strengthen and Represent the nonprofit partners of America's public lands. Joining the Board of Directors: Richard Page is the Chair of the Board for Washington's National Park Fund and has also served on the Henry M. Jackson Board and the Leadership Tomorrow Board.  Rebecca Wang has been leading global employee engagement programs for the past 19 years at Cisco Systems, HP and NVIDIA Foundation, while also ...
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Wulfert Bayous, Sanibel Island, Florida “Land, water and vegetation are just that dependent on one another. Without these three primary elements in natural balance, we can have neither fish nor game, wild flowers nor trees, labor nor capital, nor sustaining habitat for humans.” - Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling, a Pulitzer prize-winning political cartoonist, often focused on the theme of conservation and wildlife preservation in his work. In addition to his artistic endeavors, "Ding" headed the U.S. Biological Survey, a predecessor of the Fish and Wildlife Service, initiated the Federal Duck Stamp Program, and pioneered ...
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Photo by Brandy Dyess/Mojave Desert Land Trust A champion of conservation, the Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) protects over 24.5 million acres of land within the entire California portion of the eastern Mojave and Colorado deserts. In fact, MDLT has donated more tracts of land to the national park system nationwide than any other non-profit since 2006. PLA had the opportunity to interview MDLT's Executive Director, Geary Hund, who has worked as a conservation professional for more than 40 years, beginning as a ranger and then as an ecologist with California State Parks. What does “conservation” mean to MDLT, and why is it so important? ...
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Photo credit: Tim Ervin Engaging Communities Through Education and Recreation Summer is in full swing, and there is no better time to visit the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens as their signature lotuses and water lilies are in magnificent bloom. One of the gardens' supporting partners is PLA member Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (FoKAG). Founded in 2001 by a small but mighty team of 10 volunteers, FoKAG has now grown to utilize more than 900 volunteers and bolster its impact on the park as well as the surrounding community through stewardship, engagement and educational programs. One of the ways FoKAG engages those who live near the ...
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Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association works to educate students about the wildlife and natural landscapes of their communities. Continued Learning to Strengthen Partnerships Established in 1970 to help the U.S. Forest Service provide interpretive education about the surrounding environments, the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) is one of the longest serving nonprofit agency partners. Today, in addition to their work with USFS, they have grown to partner with the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management at the following sites: Inyo National Forest Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Tahoe National Forest ...
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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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