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Association of Partners for Public Lands News and Notes

April 2012

Newswire APPL NEWS Supporting Education and

The Nevada Outdoor School has joined APPL. An education partner with the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service, they are our newest nonprofit member. Learn more about their programs at www.nevadaoutdoorschool.org.

Stewardship 2401 Blueridge Avenue Suite 303 Wheaton, MD 20902 Phone: 301 946 9475 Fax 301 946 9478 Newswire is a monthly publication dedicated to news and information on issues important to the public lands community. Deadline for submissions is the third Thursday of each month. Items may be submitted for review and publication to appl@appl.org. To subscribe to Newswire, please send an e-mail with your complete contact information to appl@appl.org. We also encourage you to add your board members to Newswire’s electronic distribution list. Support APPL through the Combined Federal Campaign. Use identification #12051 on your CFC designation form. Interact with APPL and continue the dialogue at: www.facebook.com/appl.fb http://twitter.com/goappl http://linkd.in/vqVDOH www.flickr.com/photos/goap plblog/ www.goappl.wordpress.com

Building on the success of the first academy in Portland last September, APPL will hold its second Multi-Agency Partnership Academy in Golden, Colorado May 7–9. The academy, intended for public land agency staff with partnership responsibilities and leadership staff from nonprofit public land partner organizations, is designed to help partners: • Understand the benefits, challenges, and the potential of nonprofit organizations aligned with public lands agencies • Inspire participants to consider and adapt methods effectively undertaken by friends groups, cooperating associations, field schools and other partnerships around the country • Develop a shared vision and strategies to implement at your site(s) • Reference agency and nonprofit policies and agreements appropriate to various partner functions • Overcome real and perceived barriers to partnership success • Build and maintain trust in your partnerships For more information about the academy or to register, please visit www.appl.org. Congratulations to the 2012 APPL Media & Partnership award recipients. Thirtyone organizations submitted 96 entries this year for a very successful program. Awards were presented in all 14 categories by none other than Teddy Roosevelt on March 7 in Las Vegas. Of special note were the following: • APPL Excellence Award –America’s First, Devils Tower Natural History Association • APPL Agency Partner of the Year – Timothy Wakefield, Field Manager, Red Rock and Sloan Canyon Field Office, BLM • APPL Outstanding Vendor Award – HogeEye, Inc. View this year’s Winners Bulletin at www.appl.org/files/2012%20Awards/2012%20Winners%20Bulletin_Web.pdf. Members, please share your favorite photos. It's our mission to help you, and we want to feature your good work and partnership examples in our annual report and other upcoming media projects. Please send a few of your favorite pictures to Amy Matthews at amatthews@appl.org by April 13 with a brief caption and photographer credits for each image submitted. Pictures can be from programs, projects, and partnerships you’ve worked on over the past year or from APPL events and trainings you’ve attended. In the interests of better representing the value and benefits of APPL member organizations to public lands, APPL will be updating our efforts to gather relevant data from members. The first step in this process is to ensure that APPL receives electronic copies of all annual reports filed by members to their federal and state agency partners; as well as annual reports released to the public.

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The second step is to determine what additional information is needed to provide a more comprehensive picture of the work of public lands partners. This may include, for example, the number of volunteers engaged through association and friends groups, the number of customers served at sales outlets, the number of youth and adults involved through educational programs conducted, and the number of members affiliated through annual membership programs. Other indicators, if not already accounted for on the agency report forms, could include philanthropic dollars raised, and value of projects completed (i.e. buildings remodeled, acres conserved, publications completed, etc.). Your input is needed. Please provide your suggestions and priorities for the type of data that will best inform others about the value of nonprofit public lands partnerships to dasbury@appl.org. Information should be that which would be readily available and not impose undue reporting requirements on APPL’s members. Coming early this summer, APPL will conduct another wage and benefit survey for our members. This survey will cover executive director wages and benefits as well as bookstore staff wages. It is important that we have good participation so that the results are more useful. This will be conducted online and should take just a few minutes to complete. The survey announcement will be sent to executive directors, so be sure your email address is current with the APPL. Training News Learn how the APPL Training Corps can assist your organization at www.appl.org. Education Updates Upcoming Trainings and Focus: • National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF): Fundraising webinar on Developing a Fundraising Plan on Wednesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. EDT. For more information, visit www.publiclandsday.org/resources/webinars/applfundraising-webinar-series. • Partnership consultation with Petersburg National Battlefield Recently completed: • California State Parks: Fundraising and nonprofit board governance for state cooperating associations. Continuing: • National Park Service Northeast Region National Heritage Areas: April workshop on fundraising and organizational sustainability. Work also continues on the strategic planning for the region.

• Montgomery County (MD) Parks: Partnerships/Friends groups For more information about APPL‘s training offerings, consultations, reviews, or organizational assessments, please contact APPL Education Coordinator, Chuck Benjamin, at cbenjamin@appl.org. Bridge To Tomorrow News The Bridge to Tomorrow (B2T) is an APPL initiative intended to form the basis for a network of young leaders who are dedicated to fostering stewardship of public lands, historic sites, and heritage areas. This year, there were seventeen B2T participants that attended the 2012 APPL Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Elise Manlove from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and Jessica Haas from the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association were kind enough to write a few paragraphs on their take of the convention, here is what they had to say: This Association of Partners for Public Lands Convention was my first and hopefully not my last Convention to attend. For not being an early riser I was excited and motivated each morning to wake up knowing that the day would be filled with meeting interesting and inspiring people. Personally the highlight of the Convention was to be surrounded by the mass amount of people who carry similar views and interests as I do. Having around 450 people in the same room who are dedicated to public understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of America’s natural and cultural heritage is exciting. Entering the Convention I was less aware of the diverse public lands across the nation, I left the Convention thrilled that there are people spread all over the country working together to support these public lands. I am happy to have seen what APPL has done to show that partnering is a great success. I have returned to my office in San Francisco with the advice and encouragement given to me by people I engaged with at the conference. I was introduced new ways to look at educational programs and to discover that partnering can help accomplish program objectives. I am appreciative of having been a part of the APPL Convention and am thankful for the inspiring people I met. Elise Manlove, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy As a member of the millenials (the 18 to 35 age range) at the APPL Convention and Trade Show, I couldn’t help but feel like I was a spy for the opposing team. As we discussed social media and other ways of implementing technology, there I was a covert player that had actually

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voted against installing wireless internet in our Visitor Center back home in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. I quickly realized though, that I had allies within the Bridge to Tomorrow participants, those who didn’t have a Facebook account or had never tweeted anything in their life, so we started asking questions about technology’s place in our public lands and we got answers… Technology is a wonderful tool that can be used to enhance experiences in public lands but it can be misconstrued that millenials would be just as happy if it took the place of those public lands. It’s wise to tap into the technology that so many people of all generations use daily, but remember that we all still crave fresh air. Use your technology to draw us in and to keep us connected, but don’t spend all of your resources on that, because we will come to your public lands and we will be awed, and a computer screen can’t do that. So that’s what I plan to do in the organization I work with, the Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association (www.discoversawtooth.org). We’re going to create an online community with photos, updates, videos, and podcasts that keep people connected with our area even when they’re back home. If visitors are invested in the Sawtooth NRA, maybe they’ll be more inclined to help us preserve and protect it. I left the conference with a changed perception of technology in our public lands and I can’t wait to integrate technology to help my organization achieve its mission. Jess Haas, Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association Attention current and former B2T participants. Through an anonymous donor, APPL is once again able to provide a grant of up to $3,000 to support a mentoring project of your design. This is a competitive grant opportunity. Applications are due to APPL by close of business on May 4, 2012. Please contact Alex Vidal, APPL’s Outreach Associate for more information at avidal@appl.org or 301-946-9475, extension 223.

NEWSBITS Nature Valley Trail View is a digital platform that allows users to view more than 300 miles of national park trails through street-view-style technology at three iconic national parks: Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Great Smoky Mountains. Think Google street view for parks! Nature Valley Trail View website: http://naturevalleytrailview.com/. Furthermore, beginning April 1, Nature Valley will be launching its third iteration of the Preserve The Parks campaign, benefiting the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). Nature Valley has already donated

more than $800,000 in support of NPCA restoration projects and will contribute more this year to help preserve our parks for generations to come. For more information regarding Preserve the Parks, check out www.PreserveTheParks.com. Registration is now open for the 2012 Outdoor Nation Summits. Visit www.outdoornation.org/page/2012summits for details on how you can participate in one of the fastest growing youth-led movements in the country. By challenging young people to lead and providing them the tools and experience they need to do so, Outdoor Nation is succeeding in engaging and empowering thousands of young leaders from across all 50 states. Last summer, Outdoor Nation brought together more than one thousand young people to identify top outdoor issues, brain-storm impactful solutions and ultimately commit to taking action together. From community garden programs to outdoor club initiatives, young leaders are now spearheading initiatives across the country with funding support from Outdoor Nation. Today, more than 100 youth-inspired, youth-led projects are now at work across the country. In 2012, Outdoor Nation will continue to empower the next generation of outdoor champions and their ideas by funding the top projects (voted on by summit participants) at each of the eight summits. In addition to the summits taking place over a two day weekend, all attending Outsiders will also enjoy a night under the stars as we camp in some of the most incredible urban parks across the country! Once a summit participant arrives, all expenses and meals are taken care of, even the tents! Outdoor Nation has travel scholarships available for groups of 10 or more to help get everyone to and from the summit without too much of a financial burden! If you have any questions, please contact Ivan Levin, Director of Outdoor Nation, at ilevin@outdoorfoundation.org. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has announced their summer online courses: • Environmental Education Theory & Practice • Natural Resources Policy & the Legislative Process • Water Resources & the Science, • Policy and Politics of Climate Change • Natural Resources and Public Relations: Social Marketing For more information on the online environmental education courses at UW-Stevens Point, please visit http://eeinwisconsin.org/net/org/info.aspx?s=100850.0.0.2 209. For more information on the courses, please contact Katie Boseo at kboseo@uwsp.edu or 715-346-4254

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AGENCY NEWS A White House Conference on Conservation was held on March 2 to engage directly with conservation leaders from all 50 states. The focus of the conference was strengthening partnerships and identifying next steps in advancing community-driven conservation and outdoor recreation initiatives that are building strong local economies and healthy lands, waters and wildlife across America. The conference, titled Growing America’s Outdoor Heritage and Economy, featured panels and breakout sessions panels led by conservation leaders such as Kirk Bauer from Maryland, a disabled Vietnam Veteran who has been serving as Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA for more than thirty years, and Dave Koehler from California, who oversees conservation land transactions, river restoration, and environmental education as the Executive Director of the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust. A full conference agenda is available at www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/loader.cfm?csModule=s ecurity/getfile&pageid=281188. Bureau of Land Management The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eastern States Office is pleased to announce that the Loxahatchee River Historical Society of Jupiter, Florida, has been selected as the BLM’s 2012 Public Lands Partnership Excellence Award winner. The biannual Excellence award recognizes an interpretive association or friends group that has a formal assistance agreement with the BLM and has demonstrated exceptional support for the BLM’s interpretive, educational, and/or public outreach programs. The Loxahatchee River Historical Society has a long history with the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and an equally long history of accomplishments. Founded in 1972 with the goal to preserve the area’s history and provide interpretive tours of the lighthouse when it was still under Coast Guard administration, the Society has been an active partner with the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse ever since. The Society was instrumental in the effort to build community support for the site’s becoming part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) in 2008, at which time it was designated the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area (JILONA) by Congress. Through consistent public outreach efforts and active participation in key organizations at the local, State and national level, the Loxahatchee River Historical Society has enhanced visibility and understanding of the BLM, the

NLCS, and JILONA in a part of the country that is largely unfamiliar with the BLM. The award was presented in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 6 in conjunction with the 2012 national convention of the Association of Partners for Public Lands. Ruth Welch, currently the BLM’s Associate State Director in Wyoming, has been selected to be the agency’s new Director of the National Operations Center (NOC) in Denver. The NOC’s mission is to provide effective internal and technical support to BLM offices and the general public. The Center provides operational and technical support in several key areas, including human resources, information technology, geospatial services, finance, and acquisition. Welch succeeds former NOC Director Lynda Stelzer and Acting NOC Director Deb Rawhouser. National Park Service Peggy O’Dell, NPS Deputy Director for Operations, honored the recipients of the 2012 Directors Award for Excellence in Interpretive Media and the James V. Murfin Award on Tuesday, March 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The awards are bestowed semiannually at the APPL convention. Devils Tower Natural History Association’s (DTNHA) America’s First project was selected for the Directors Award for Excellence in Interpretive Media. The book was written and illustrated by Beth Marlatt’s 2009-2010 fourth grade class at the Hullet School in Crook County, Wyoming. Working in partnership with DTNHA the students created an ABC book that included prose, poetry and illustrations. The book is a sale item in DTNHA retail outlets and the students helped promote the book by attending book signings and other related events. This year’s Murfin Award was bestowed on Rose Fennell, former Servicewide Cooperating Association Coordinator, for her tireless work and dedication to elevating the role of cooperating associations at NPS. Rose is currently an NPS Bevinetto Congressional Fellow. The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite people everywhere to enjoy, explore, learn, share, and give back to America’s nearly 400 national parks during National Park Week 2012. Celebrating the theme, Picture Yourself in a National Park, National Park Week will run from Saturday, April 21st, through Sunday, April 29th. Throughout the country, visitors can enjoy the beauty and wonder of 84 million acres of the world’s most spectacular scenery, historic places and cultural treasures for free. National parks will mark the annual celebration with special events and activities, including Volunteer Day on

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April 21st, Earth Day on April 22nd, and Junior Ranger Day on April 28th. From ranger-led hikes and kayak trips to camping and exploring, park visitors can plan their National Park Week at www.nationalparkweek.org. Discover information about events, special activities for visitors of all ages, how to share your park adventure with other travelers, and how to support the parks. The designation of 13 new National Historic Landmarks in nine different states has been announced, including a site associated with the famed Apache scouts, the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world, and an early 18thcentury parish church. The new National Historic Landmarks include the following sites: • Montauk Point Lighthouse (Long Island, New York) • Town Hall (New York City, New York) represents the • USS Slater (Albany, New York) • Gardner Earl Memorial Chapel and Crematorium (Troy, New York) • Braddock Carnegie Library (Braddock, Pennsylvania) • Fort Apache and Theodore Roosevelt School (Fort Apache, Arizona) • Deer Medicine Rocks (Rosebud County, Montana) • Akima Pinšiwa Awiiki (Fort Wayne, Indiana) • St. Peter’s Parish Church (New Kent County, Virginia) • Eyre Hall (Northampton County, Virginia • Meadow Brook Hall (Rochester, Michigan) • Florida Southern College (Lakeland, Florida) • The Carrizo Plain Archeological District (San Luis Obispo County, California) Secretary Salazar also announced the acceptance of a boundary clarification and updated documentation for Fort Benton Historic District in Fort Benton, Montana which was designated in 1961. Additional information on the designations can be found at www.nps.gov/nhl/. Mike Reynolds has been selected as the new superintendent of Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, both located in northeastern California. He replaces Dave Kruse, who was recently named facilities chief for the Pacific West Region. Lee Taylor has been named superintendent at San Juan Island National Historical Park. Taylor is currently the Chief of Interpretation and Education at Mount Rainier National Park. She replaces former superintendent Peter Dederich who recently transferred to the NPS’s Pacific West Regional Office in Seattle.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Friends of Cedar Creek (FOCC) in the Louisville District received the USACE 2011 Excellence in Partnerships Award on March 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The FOCC was honored for their excellent partnership support of the Junior Ranger Program, the FOCC book cart, interpretive programming, trail guides, BioBlitz, and environmental stewardship activities. The Corps of Engineers Natural Resources Education Foundation served as the co-sponsor of the award in recognition of the exceptional contributions to recreation and environmental stewardship programs at a Corps project. Materials from the USACE’s partnership training held in conjunction with the 2012 APPL Partnership Convention and Trade Show are now available online at http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/partners/appltraining.cfm. In addition to selected materials from this year’s training, materials dating back to 2004 can also be found at this link. USDA Forest Service Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced USDA’s continuing commitment to get kids outdoors and connected to the natural world around them through $1 million in cost-share funding from the U.S. Forest Service to enhance children’s programs in 18 states. The Forest Service grants align with President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiatives. America’s Great Outdoors seeks to engage the public to work together to conserve and restore our lands and to connect to the outdoors. Let’s Move! focuses on solving the problem of childhood obesity, a segment of which aims to improve physical and mental health through outdoor activities. The funding will be distributed to the agency’s More Kids in the Woods and Children’s Forests programs. Augmented by partnership money or in-kind donations, the funding will benefit existing programs or act as seed money for new ones that help kids explore their role in natural resources. Twenty-three of the grants will go toward More Kids in the Woods projects and eight will go toward the development or expansion of Children’s Forests. More Kids in the Woods projects include activities and programs designed to spark curiosity about nature and promote learning. This is a cost-share program where thousands of partners contribute their time, energy and resources to help connect kids and families with the natural world. Children’s Forests differ in that they are centered around developed outdoor spaces on national or state forests, in

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urban parks or at schools. The core mission of a Children’s Forest is to get young people to take a leadership role in forest management by giving them a voice in caring for the land. More details can be found at www.fs.fed.us/news/2012/releases/03/kids.shtml.

CONVENTION NEWS 2013 APPL Partnership Convention & Trade Show, March 10-14, DoubleTree Hotel, Portland. OR. Details coming soon to www.appl.org. A huge thank you to the program committee members, speakers, volunteers, and donors whose collective contributions made the Las Vegas Convention & Trade Show an exceptional learning and networking experience for all who participated. We’ve received lots of amazing compliments about the convention and share the success of this event with everyone who contributed and participated. Thank you for sharing your expertise, resources, and knowledge with others so that together we can build a stronger and more effective public lands community. Here’s a sampling of the feedback we’ve been receiving: • Thank you for a wonderful experience! The time spent at the convention enhanced my job skills and recharged my batteries. • … exceptionally well-run, interesting, compelling convention that seemed to meet the expectations of broad, diverse interests. Very well done! • I thought the convention was well thought out. I came away with some great information and new product ideas. • The trade show was one of the best yet. • All of the keynote speakers were amazing. I took something away from each that I know I can use to do my job better and to serve my organization more soundly. Congratulations to Kristen Cochrane-Bell from Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument – her name was drawn from among the 170 convention survey respondents to receive a free 2013 APPL Convention registration. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey, your feedback provides valuable information for the program committee to use as they begin planning for next year’s convention. Access 2012 convention resources throughout the year – even if you didn’t attend the convention. • Download and print out convention session presentations from www.appl.org. Many speakers* have

provides their materials with us and we encourage you to download these resources and pass the information on to others you think might benefit. • Use the 2012 APPL Trade Show Directory as a resource for vendors and suppliers of educational and theme related products. APPL exhibitors understand your business and are eager to work with you throughout the year to find educational products and services that align with your scope of sales goals. • Refer to the APPL Media & Partnership Award Winners Bulletin for product and program ideas. *Note - If you were a convention speaker and your presentation and/or handouts are not posted on our website and you would like them to be added please forward pdf files by e-mail to Chuck Benjamin at cbenjamin@appl.org. Just over $5,900 was raised by the 2012 Education & Scholarship Fund Silent Auction at the convention. These funds provide valuable support to develop APPL’s educational programs and enable APPL member organizations to participate fully in them. Thanks to the contributors who donated items, to the volunteers who helped on-site and most importantly to all the bidding participants and winners! Schools in the Las Vegas area were this year’s beneficiaries of materials donated by APPL exhibitors at the close of the trade show. Books, posters, and several miscellaneous toys, games were among the many items the schools received. Cheryl Wagner, Coordinator of School-Community Partnership Program for Las Vegas Schools conveyed their appreciation of the donation which she called Awesome, Wonderful Donations!!!!!!!!! It’s not too early to start planning for next year’s convention. Save the dates for the 2013 APPL Partnership Convention & Trade Show March 10-14, 2013 in Portland, Oregon. And don’t forget to include convention attendance in your budget requests for next year.

FEDERAL UPDATES The White House Office of Management and Budget is seeking feedback from nonprofits on its Advance Notice of Proposed Guidance (www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-28/pdf/20124521.pdf) that explores ways to reduce burdens on grant recipients and government agencies and better coordinate and streamline reporting requirements. On a call for nonprofit organizations conducted March 16, the Office of Management and Budget explained its proposals

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for reducing audit burdens, modifying cost-reimbursement rules (including consideration of a flat rate for indirect costs), and reforming administrative requirements for federal grants. Concerns were raised during the call about lack of corrective action in response to a 2010 Government Accountability Office report (www.gao.gov/new.items/d10477.pdf) that highlighted the confusion surrounding indirect cost recovery and the practice by the states of keeping for themselves some of the federal funds allocated for indirect costs. The National Council of Nonprofits seeks input from nonprofit organizations about their experiences in negotiating indirect cost rates and their indirect cost recovery from governments at all levels. The deadline for filing comments on the OMB recommendations has been extended to April 30. Please forward your comments to dthompson@councilofnonprofits.org. APPL is tracking the following legislation relevant to the nonprofit public land partner community: • H.R.3415, American Parks American Products Act – No new action taken. • S. 2268: The Senate version of the American Parks American Products Act. Introduced by Sen Gillibrand [NY] on 3/29. No cosponsors. Referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. • HR 12, American Jobs Act- No new action taken • S. 1832, The Marketplace Fairness Act - No new action taken. • S.2233, Jobs Originated through Launching Travel Act: Introduced by Sen. Schumer [NY] on 3/26; Cosponsors (7). Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. Full details on these bills may be found at http://thomas.loc.gov/. If you would like to track the progress of these bills you may do so using www.govtrack.us. To let your Members of Congress know your views on these pieces of legislation visit www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt.

MEMBER NEWS Planning a trip to a national park? Want to keep a “life list” of the parks you visit? Meet your new favorite app. Developed by Eastern National, the new app provides links to all 397 national park websites for quick access to trip planning. The app also allows users to keep track of the parks they’ve visited and add photos and descriptions of the trip. You can also make a wish list of parks to check out. Every park on your list gets a red push pin on the app map.

The app is designed to complement Passport to Your National Parks® program by helping users find passport stamp cancellation stations in parks so they can record the location and date of their visit. The app is a free download at the iTunes store. It is currently available for iPhones and iPads. An Android version will be added later, as will additional features. Friends of Acadia has selected David R. MacDonald as its new president and chief executive officer. Following Marla O’Byrne as the leader of the Bar Harbor, Maine nonprofit partner to Acadia National Park, MacDonald will be responsible for implementation and oversight of all aspects of FOA’s operation—including conservation, stewardship, development, external relations, governance, and general management—and will lead the organization forward as it gears up for the celebration of Acadia’s 100th anniversary in 2016. David MacDonald brings to Friends of Acadia a twodecade track record of successful leadership and management of the land protection program at Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), one of the country’s leading land trusts. As director of land protection at MCHT, he oversaw an annual land acquisition budget of $5 million and during his tenure was involved with many landmark conservation deals in the Acadia region, including Marshall Island, Kitteredge Brook Forest, and the recent purchase by conservation investors of 3,200 acres adjacent to ANP on the Schoodic Peninsula. In 2008 he served as the interim president of the Trust, during which he oversaw the launch of the $10 million Washington County Initiative. He also serves as a volunteer board member of the Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary in Somesville and the Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve in Seal Harbor, and was a founding Commissioner of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission from 2005 to 2010. David MacDonald will begin at Friends of Acadia on May 14th. Friends of Acadia invites its members and the public to meet the new president at the Friends of Acadia Annual Meeting on Monday, July 16th at the Bar Harbor Club in Bar Harbor. For more information, visit www.friendsofacadia.org. Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is pleased to announce their newly redesigned Web site: www.fhvnp.org. It was funded via a 2011 Every Day Grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) for their Friendraising Website Development capacity building project.

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Grand Teton Association, in partnership with the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, is pleased to announce the release of 4 short films on Grand Teton National Park, From Valley to Peak. Filmed, written and produced by Bridge to Tomorrow participants, Jesse Ryan, and Ryan Christopher (Hittner), these short and elegant clips show scenes and effects not normally seen by the visitor. The films will be available on the association’s phone app. They can be seen at www.newthoughtmedia.com. Melanie Allen is the new Executive Director of the Lassen Association. She can be reached at lassenassociation@yahoo.com. Curt Buchholtz has joined the National Park Foundation as Director of the Intermountain Region. Buchholtz was formerly Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Nature Association. Pacific Historic Parks (formerly Arizona Memorial Museum Association) has a new address. You may contact them at: 94-1187 Ka Uka Blvd. Waipahu, HI 96797 Ph: 808-954-8777; Fax: 808-485-2747 www.pacifichistoricparks.org

VENDOR SUPPORT NEWS Thank you to our generous Vendor Support Program (VSP) donors for all their support in 2012. Your donations accounted for over $40,000 which will help support our efforts to enhance the public service mission of our members and their agency partners by providing training and networking opportunities for our members to strengthen their efforts in building public appreciation and support for America’s treasured spaces and places. We encourage our members to avail themselves of your products and services as a “thank you” for your support. APPL members may find a directory of all the 2012 VSP donors at www.appl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3312. At this year’s APPL Trade Show 50% of the exhibitors were VSP donors. Donate now to the 2013 APPL Vendor Support Program so your company will be eligible for early 2013 trade show registration and discounts. Download information and a 2013 VSP donation form at http://bit.ly/HdtXGF.

The 2011 Montana Book Award winner is Raptors of the West by Kate Davis, Rob Palmer and Nick Dunlop, published by Mountain Press. This annual award recognizes literary and/or artistic excellence in a book written or illustrated by someone who lives in Montana, is set in Montana, or deals with Montana themes or issues. Presentations and a reception with the winning authors will take place in April, during the Montana Library Association Conference at Big Sky. Raptors of the West, the latest collaboration by awardwinning photographers Rob Palmer and Nick Dunlop and author/photographer Kate Davis, is a glorious photographic ode to the forty-five birds of prey that roam the skies of the American West. The book is arranged by the habitat type which gives a great way to identify many birds in one area. While the 430 stunning color photographs are enough to set this book apart on their own, Davis’s informative and entertaining captions make this a perfect guide for all age groups. The Montana Book Award was founded by the Friends of the Missoula Public Library in 2001 and winners are selected by a committee of individuals representing areas throughout Montana.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES Acres for America, a partnership between Walmart Stores, Inc. and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, was established to provide funding for projects that conserve important habitat for fish, wildlife, and plants through acquisition of interest in real property. The goal of the Acres for America program is to offset the footprint of Walmart’s domestic facilities on at least an acre by acre basis through these acquisitions. All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Preference will be given to acquisitions that are part of published conservation plans (North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Partners in Flight, etc.), State Wildlife Action Plans, or Endangered Species Act Recovery Plans. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation regional director in their area to discuss project ideas prior to applying. Preproposals are due June 1, 2012; invited full proposals must be submitted by August 1, 2012. Visit www.nfwf.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Charter_Progr ams_List&TEMPLATE=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&CON TENTID=22710 for program details.

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EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES May 2012 APPL Multi-Agency Partnership Academy, May 7–9, Golden, CO. Register now at www.appl.org. Unchartered Waters: Exploring the New Parks World for a Sustainable Future, 2012 CALPA Conference, May 16-20. San Diego, CA. Visit www.calparksleague.org/2012_Conference_Info.html for more information and to register. National Kids to Parks Day, Saturday, May 19. Details are available at www.parktrust.org. June 2012 National Trails Day, June 2. To find out how you can participate visit www.americanhiking.org. National Get Outdoors Day 2012, June 9. Learn how your organization can participate at www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.com. National Marina Day, June 9. Learn more at www.nationalmarinaday.org. September 2012 National Public Lands Day, Helping Hands for America’s Lands, September 29. Visit www.publiclandsday.org for complete details. October 2012 Peaks, Plateaus, and Canyons Association meeting, October 23-25, Vernal, UT. Hosted by Intermountain Natural History Association. February 2013 Peaks, Plateaus, and Canyons Association meeting, February 12-14, Cortez, CO. Hosted by Mesa Verde Museum Association. March 2013 2013 APPL Partnership Convention & Trade Show, March 10-14, DoubleTree Hotel, Portland. OR. Details coming soon to www.appl.org.

MARKETPLACE Featuring donors to APPL’s Vendor Support Program (VSP). View a directory of all our VSP donors at www.appl.org.

VSP Benefactors Following a successful APPL Convention and Tradeshow in Las Vegas, National Geographic Maps is pleased to announce that Joann Hinman, Director of Operations at Zion Natural History Association, is the winner in the drawing for an 18-pack of National Parks of the United States wall maps in a displayready package. April 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and National Geographic’s new Titanic Anniversary wall map is now available. National Geographic Explorer- in-Residence Robert Ballard discovered the wreck in 1985, and the National Geographic Society will be marking the 100th anniversary with a commemorative map and a host of special events. The map is a double-sided infographic that details the Titanic’s route; shipping lanes before and after the disaster; the journey of the fateful iceberg; charts and statistics from post-disaster hearings; inset map of ice and rescue ships; deep-ocean diagrams of the search process; and Titanic points of interest. The map also features colorcoded deck plans and cutaway view; passengers’ profiles; ship size comparisons; the story in art and culture; and plans for the wreck’s future. For more information, visit www.natgeomaps.com or call 800-962-1643. VSP Contributors Blubandoo Cooling Headwear is now offering new Made in USA Ecology Items. They have recently added a new pattern category - Social Awareness which now includes Ecology fabrics! This new group was such a big hit at the recent APPL Show; they’ll continue to add more of these fun patterns throughout the upcoming season. Please note, all of these items are proudly Made in the USA and you may now name drop all of our products to promote your location. See all this and more at www.blubandoo.com or contact them by phone: 949-5456105, fax: 949 545 6106 or info@blubandoo.com Farcountry Press would like to thank everyone who stopped by their both in Las Vegas. They truly appreciate your business. The latest title in our Farcountry Explorer Book series, Going to the Grand Canyon by Mike Buchheit has arrived. If you didn’t get a chance to see an advance copy at their booth, you can view it and their other new titles, Glacier Unforgettable, Bison Babies! and Black Bear Babies! on their website at http://farcountrypress.com/. If you would like review copies or have any questions, please email Linda Netschert at Linda@farcountrypress.com.

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Gallopade has created an extensive line of products for all fifty states, including a series of books by author Carole Marsh celebrating the Native Americans of each state. Gallopade’s award-winning “State Stuff” materials make excellent travel entertainment and super souvenirs. Poster maps, activity books, games, bulletin board sets, timelines, stickers and coloring books are top sellers in tourism retail. For more information on state products, gift displays, and custom products contact Gallopade at 800-536-2438.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE Additional position listings may be found at www.appl.org. Grand Canyon Association is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Buyer/Inventory Manager. Visit www.grandcanyon.org/aboutus_employment.asp for a complete job description and information on how to apply.

RESOURCES Suggest a resource by e-mailing appl@appl.org. NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Network, recently released The State of the Nonprofit Cloud: The Results of a Study of Nonprofit Use of Cloud Software, researched and written by Idealware. The 35-page report includes a data-rich look at perceptions of the cloud and how they differ from reality, and addresses everything from security and Return on Investment to adoption. It also offers a look at cloud usage in the real world through case studies of a number of nonprofits. The entire report is free at www.nten.org/research/cloudreport/download.

ReadyTalk Mobile for iPad® is now available. This free app makes it easy for others to join and fully participate in your online meeting, webinar or training session from their Apple iPad. • Attend an online meeting, webinar or training session. • Join meetings quickly from an email invitation link or by entering the meeting access code. • View everything the presenter shares, including slides, applications, annotations and video clips. • Interact with the presenter via text chat. • Respond to poll questions and view real-time results. • Listen to Broadcast Audio (when available) on the iPad or join via phone. Learn how ReadyTalk Mobile for iPad can increase your meeting and webinar attendance by allowing participation on the go at http://www.readytalk.com/productsservices/mobile?elq=da1640cf83c54570993cb6377ab0460 7&elqCampaignId=57 . If you have any questions please contact ReadyTalk Customer Care at 800-843-9166 or help@readytalk.com. APPL Members are eligible for specially discounted rates of 3.9 cents/minute Audio Conferencing and 7 cents per minute Web Conferencing. Save money for your organization and take advantage of these discounted rates, by contacting Patrick Wiley at 303-209-1551 or Patrick.wiley@readytalk.com.

Vook, one of the pioneering e-book app developers, has launched the Vook e-book creation and publishing platform. Learn more about this comprehensive, cloudbased tool that allows authors and publishers to turn any document into a professionally styled e-book at http://vook.com/. Network for Good is pleased to announce the availability of their latest e-book, From Print to Email: Take Your Newsletter on an Epic Journey. Learn how to take your newsletter on an epic journey by downloading a copy at http://web.networkforgood.org/2012-03-EbookFrom-Print-to-Email-Take-Your-Newsletter-on-EpicJourney/

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