Partnership Awards


About the Partnership Awards Program

The Partnership Awards celebrate the best in public lands 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.

This program recognizes excellence in public lands partnerships, innovative solutions to challenges and outstanding programs and events that enhance the visitor experience on public lands.

Congratulations to the 2020 Award Recipients

In 2020, PLA presented 16 awards and 10 Honorable Mentions, plus one Partners Choice Award.


Read the 2020 Awards Bulletin


The Call for 2021 Partnership Award Submissions is Now Open

We encourage nonprofits and their land management and corporate partners to submit to the program this fall. Next year's Award Winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced virtually in February. For more information about the event, visit our convention website.

From October 13 to November 25, public lands professionals are invited to submit to the 2021 Partnership Awards by following these instructions:

  • Review the award categories below and access the online application form associated with each category.

  • You will need to create a Submittable account in order to view, save, edit and submit your application.

  • Applications are due November 25, 2020.

  • You may submit more than one entry to multiple categories. However, please note that if you are submitting multiple entries to one category, you will only be allowed to save one draft at a time for that category.

  • Your organization may create multiple Submittable accounts to save multiple drafts or you can submit entries to that category, one at a time.

Have questions or want to discuss your submissions? Please contact us.

Award Categories

View the application links below and sign-in to Submittable to view the application questions.

Please note, due to the pandemic, we will be offering a condensed awards program this year, accepting nominations in three categories with no entry fees. 


Agency Leadership

This award recognizes a public land management agency employee for outstanding accomplishments in championing, cultivating and leading partnerships. The award is presented to an individual currently employed by a federal, state, or county / municipal land management agency.


Submission: No Fee

Corporate Stewardship

This award recognizes a company that has demonstrated exceptional achievement to enhance the quality of the visitor experience in America’s public lands. It is presented to a company that has made an impact through activities like product development, cause marketing and philanthropic support.

Submission: No Fee

Public Lands Partner

This award recognizes an exemplary partnership for a stunning achievement to protect and preserve our public lands and enhance the experiences of their visitors and users. The award is presented to both the nonprofit and agency partners for their shared achievements.


Submission: No Fee

Thank You to Our 2021 Partnership Awards Sponsor!


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