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As part of PLA 2021, our virtual convention and trade show, we featured some of the ways our members virtually adapted their education, fundraising and conservation initiatives to continue reaching their communities and supporting public lands during the pandemic. Black Hills Parks & Forests Association Black Hills Parks & Forests Association partnered with author and illustrator Pat Schultz to record a video of her reading her new children's book "Baxter Saves the Day" about a very special bat that used to live at Jewel Cave National Monument. The Association then was able to share out this video through their social media channels. ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) has announced the recipients of its 2022 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. The 2022 award winners were announced on Wednesday, April 20 in a virtual celebration . The awards program is sponsored by Impact Photographics. A total of 17 awards were presented to individuals, organizations and companies in six categories: Public Lands ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WASHINGTON, DC -- The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) congratulates Charles "Chuck" Sams on his confirmation as the 19th Director of the National Park Service. Below is a statement by PLA President and CEO Dan Puskar: "Chuck Sams is the leader that the National Park Service needs right now. America's national parks face incredible challenges from climate change to historic visitation. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave park facilities and programs closed to the public. PLA is confident that Director Sams will bring fresh perspective and insights to the NPS. "PLA and our community's nonprofit park partners enthusiastically welcome ...
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The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new member to our Board of Directors. Joining the Board of Directors: Arvind Manocha has served as president and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts since January 2013. From major pop acts to children’s shows to opera and more, Manocha directs Wolf Trap’s year-round performing arts programming – among the most wide-ranging and diverse in the music business. Additionally, he oversees the full scope of the Foundation’s educational activities, including its nationally recognized arts education programs, which are implemented at 18 affiliate sites and in 30 states ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) has announced the recipients of its 2021 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. The 2021 award winners were announced on Monday, May 24 in a virtual celebration . The awards program is sponsored by Impact Photographics. While awards are typically given in six categories, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PLA offered a condensed awards program ...
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The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) is pleased to announce the appointment of new members to our Board of Directors. Joining the Board of Directors: Heidi Doyle is the Executive Director of the Sierra State Parks Foundation at Lake Tahoe, California. Heidi brings over 30 years of experience with California State Parks. In addition, she has worked for the National Park Service, US Forest Service and Ventura County Parks providing valuable perspectives to PLA. Heidi currently is on the board of the California League of Park Associations and is an elected official with the North Tahoe Fire Protection District. She has lived on four continents bringing a ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WASHINGTON, DC -- The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) congratulates Deb Haaland on her confirmation as the 54nd Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Below is a statement by PLA President and CEO Dan Puskar: "The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) is excited that today Deb Haaland of New Mexico begins her stewardship of many of our nation's most important natural wonders, cultural landmarks and historic places managed by the Department of the Interior. "PLA had the pleasure of working with Secretary Haaland in her role as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources and admired her leadership on many critical issues, including ...
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MEDIA ADVISORY WASHINGTON, DC – This Wednesday, February 10 , Senator Mark R. Warner of Virginia will address the implementation of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) at PLA 2021 . The GAOA, championed by Senator Warner, will invest more than $9 billion in national park and public land deferred maintenance over five years and permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The bipartisan bill includes Sen. Warner’s Restore Our Parks Act. Sen. Warner will be joined in a conversation about the GAOA with PLA President and CEO Dan Puskar and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts President and CEO Arvind Manocha. PLA 2021 is the first-ever ...
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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 time. ...
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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 lands, ...
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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 held ...
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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: 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 May 15, 2020! Learn more ...
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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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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 and ...
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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 and organizations. In addition, there ...
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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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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 to: ...
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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 roads, ...
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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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