Association of Partners for Public Lands News and Notes
Newswire APPL NEWS Supporting Education and Stewardship 2401 Blueridge Avenue Suite 303 Wheaton, MD 20902 Phone: 301 946 9475 Fax 301 946 9478 E-mail: appl@appl org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To subscribe to Newswire, please send an e-mail with your complete contact information to email@example.com. 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.goappl.wordpress.com www.youtube.com/goappl
We are pleased to welcome Mount St. Helens Institute to the APPL community. A partner with the USDA Forest Service at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, the Institute offers field seminars, inspiring hikes, guided climbs, evening lectures, and other events aimed at deepening understanding of the Pacific Northwest’s volcanic landscapes, natural processes and cultural past. Learn more about them and their programs at www.mshinstitute.org. APPL’s board of directors will meet June 28-29 in Portland, OR, the site of our 2013 APPL Partnership Convention. The location will allow time for staff to meet in advance with federal and state lands agency and related nonprofit representatives to begin identifying local training resources, public lands sites, and convention marketing opportunities. Time will also be dedicated during the board meeting to discuss membership, education, and government relations priorities. Other current board priorities include governance updates, audit and 990 review, and revenue diversification in the year ahead. Results from the APPL Executive Director Wage and Benefit Survey will be released in July. Thank you to everyone who participated – we had our largest response rate for this type of wage survey with 50 participants. The report will be emailed to all APPL Executive Directors. Thank you also to Mark Tilchen from Sequoia Natural History Association for coordinating and reporting on this survey. Have you heard? - APPL has a blog. Recent posts have included highlights from Chuck Benjamin’s visit to Denver for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Conference and interviews with our 2012 Award winners. Past entries include updates from APPL’s distance intern, Elise Manlove, who participated in the Bridge to Tomorrow program during the 2012 Partnership Convention and Trade Show. Check it out at http://goappl.wordpress.com. Stay updated and receive every new blog post in your mailbox. Simply go to the APPL blog site - http://goappl.wordpress.com and in the bottom right corner of your browser window you’ll see a gray box with a plus sign that says follow. Click on this and you’ll be prompted to enter you email address. Have ideas for blog articles or want to submit a guest blog entry? Contact Alex Vidal at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas. Also let us know if you have a blog so we can add the link to our Blog Roll. We will be starting to transition our photos from Flickr to our Facebook page. With the recent updates on Facebook, album sharing has become easier and allows for larger picture sizes and better access. We have recently uploaded pictures from the 2012 Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas and you can find them at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150728579261507.388578.53909471506&type= 3&l=de30b187c7. If you have any photos from our recent partnership convention and trade show in Las Vegas or other APPL events, we invite you to add them to our Facebook page.
The May 2012 issue of Souvenirs, Gifts & Novelties magazine featured an article entitled Taking a Treasure Home: Jewelry and Accessories at APPL Shops. Not a subscriber? Download the article from the APPL website at www.appl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3324. APPL’s Member Forum is the most well know and well used of our online discussion tools, but did you know we have other forums that provide a place to discuss issues and ask questions of your fellow APPL members? They include our: • Buyers Forum • BLM Forum • Field Institutes Forum • USDA Forest Service Forum • HR Affinity Group • NPS Forum Singing up for these forums is easy – just your name, the APPL member organization for which you are affiliated, and your email address to email@example.com and tell us which of the forums you would like to join. Please note that these forums are an exclusive member benefit and are only open to staff and board members of APPL member organizations. Discussions on the Member Forum last month were on quite a variety of topics. Here are some of the topics members discussed: • Sources for merchandise bags • Position Description for Institute Director • Recommendations for designers/fabricators of donor walls • Types of investments nonprofits can make • Selling EBooks • Shirt vendor recommendations • Developing a retail business plan • Updated NPS Form 10-40 instructions • Scope of Sales examples for visitor centers Forum subscribers may log into the archives to read full threads and look at past discussion topics. If you have questions about the Member Forum, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Training News Learn how the APPL Training Corps can assist your organization at www.appl.org. APPL will present its second Multi-Agency Partnership Academy September 5-7 in Golden, CO. 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 Last September’s Partnership Academy in Portland, OR was a sellout, with 65 attendees. The Academy is open to agency staff with partnership liaison responsibilities, and to nonprofit executive directors, management staff, and/or their board representatives. For further information about the APPL Partnership Academy in September, please visit www.appl.org or contact Education Coordinator Chuck Benjamin at email@example.com. Continuing trainings/consultations: • Montgomery County (MD) Parks: APPL recently facilitated a strategic planning meeting for representatives of Montgomery County Parks and the board of the county’s Friends of the Agricultural History Farm Park. • Petersburg National Battlefield: APPL is continuing partnership work initiated in the summer of 2011, meeting with NPS staff and leaders of the Petersburg community to determine strategies to connect the community to the park on a consistent basis. For more information about APPL‘s training offerings, consultations, reviews, or organizational assessments, please contact APPL Education Coordinator Chuck Benjamin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bridge To Tomorrow News 2012 B2T participants Jess Haas and Sintia Morfin have been selected to be on the 2013 APPL Partnership Convention Program Committee. The Convention and Trade show will be held in Portland, Oregon from March 10-14 2013. Jess is an Interpretive Specialist at Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association in Stanley, ID and Sintia is an Events Coordinator for Golden Gate National Parks
Association of Partners for Public Lands News and Notes
Conservancy in San Francisco, CA. With their determination for success and passion for public lands, Jess and Sinita are sure to make valuable contributions to the committee.
NEWSBITS June 9 is National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day), an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting youth to the great outdoors. Participating partners include the USDA Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition. For additional information on activities throughout the country visit www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org. City Parks Alliance, in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, will host the Greater & Greener: Re-Imagining Parks for 21st Century Cities conference July 14-17 in New York City. This international urban parks conference showcases innovative and effective public-private partnership models, park development, maintenance, programming and policy. More than 1,000 conference attendees will hear from inspiring and experienced leaders on timely topics that reinforce the role urban parks play in creating healthy and livable communities. National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis will deliver remarks, and the conference will also feature tours of NPS units and projects in the New York City region, including Jamaica Bay, Liberty and Ellis Islands, the daylighted Yonkers River, among others. More than 50 breakout sessions include such topics as Historic Parks in Modern Times; The Next Century of Urban Wilderness; Using Parks for Environmental Education; Programming Parks to Help People Be Healthy; and Outstanding Programming for Teens. Conference information may be found at www.urbanparks2012.org.
AGENCY NEWS Administration officials announced on May 10 the details of a National Tourism and Travel Strategy to promote domestic and international travel opportunities throughout the U.S. The plan sets a goal of attracting 100 million international visitors annually by the end of 2021, more than a 50 percent increase over the number expected this year. The White House estimates these visitors would spend $250 billion per year, creating new jobs and spurring economic growth in cities and communities across the country.
A copy of the strategy may be found at www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/loader.cfm?csModule=s ecurity/getfile&pageid=295021. More information on the strategy may be found at www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/Obama-AdministrationContinues-Efforts-to-Increase-Travel-and-Tourism-in-theUnited-States.cfm. Active duty service men and women can now obtain the new military version of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass. The pass will be accepted at National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. Military members and their dependents can pick up a pass at any national park or wildlife refuge that charges an entrance fee or other selected sites. Members must show a current, valid military identification card to obtain their pass. The pass is also available to dependents of active duty personnel. A list of participating sites is available at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/PassIssuanceList.pdf. For more information on the pass, please visit: http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html. A Secretarial Order establishing a National Blueways System was signed in May. The System recognizes river systems conserved through diverse stakeholder partnerships that use a comprehensive watershed approach to resource stewardship. The program will provide a new national emphasis on the unique value and significance of a ‘headwaters to mouth’ approach to river management. Establishment of a National Blueways System will help coordinate federal, state, and local partners to promote best practices, share information and resources, and encourage active and collaborative stewardship of rivers and their watersheds across the country. The Secretarial Order on National Blueways also establishes an intra-agency committee to provide leadership, support, and coordination. The National Blueway designation differs from existing federal designations for rivers (e.g., Wild and Scenic), which generally cover only a segment of a river and a narrow band of the riparian corridor. A National Blueway, by contrast, includes the entire river from “source to sea” as well as the river’s watershed. National Blueways designations are intended to recognize and support existing local and regional conservation, recreation, and restoration efforts, and do not establish a new protective status or regulations. For an online media toolkit, please see www.fws.gov/northeast/news/2012/socmediapacket.html.
Association of Partners for Public Lands News and Notes
For a copy of the Secretarial Order on the National Blueway System, visit www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/loader.cfm?csModule=s ecurity/getfile&pageid=298557. Fifty-four trails have been designated as national recreation trails, adding almost 1,400 miles of trails to the National Trails System. Spanning 23 states, the land and water trails provide opportunities for communities to connect to the great outdoors. The national trail system has become so extensive that if all the trails were laid end to end they would cross the entire country more than four times, offering millions of Americans opportunities to bike, hike, paddle and spend time with their family and friends outdoors. National recreation trail designation recognizes existing trails and trail systems that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks across the nation. Each of the new national recreation trails will receive a certificate of designation, a letter of congratulations from Secretary Salazar, and a set of trail markers. The national recreation trail program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the USDA Forest Service in conjunction with a number of other federal and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails, which hosts the national recreation trails website at www.americantrails.org/nationalrecreationtrails. A list of the 54 trails that have been designated as national recreation trails may be found at www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/upload/BriefDescriptions-of-the-Trails.pdf. The number of hours required to earn an America the Beautiful Volunteer Pass have been reduced to 250. Previously volunteers were required to log 500 hours to earn the pass, which is good for one year at any Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, or National Park Service site. For more information on the Volunteer Pass, visit www.volunteer.gov/gov/VT// Bureau of Land Management Dedication ceremonies for two new National Conservation Areas near St. George, Utah were held last month. The celebration kicked off National Tourism Week and underscored how tourism to our nation’s public lands strengthens local economies. The Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and the Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area became part of BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System in 2009 with the passage of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act. The act sought to establish the NCAs to
conserve, protect, enhance and manage the public lands for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. At the dedication Interior Secretary Ken Salazar noted that the outdoor industry creates an estimated 6.5 million jobs in the United States and pumps an estimated $730 billion a year into our nation’s economy. Additionally, in 2011 international and domestic tourism supported 7.6 million jobs with international visitors spending an all time record of $153 billion on U.S. travel and tourismrelated goods and services, making travel and tourism the nation’s number-one service export. In addition to unique geologic formations, scientifically important fossil and archeological resources, each conservation area offers extensive opportunities for recreation with more than130 miles of trails for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Information about the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area is available at www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/st__george/blm_special_areas/n ational_landscape/national_conservation/red_cliffs_nation al.html. More on the Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area is available at www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/st__george/blm_special_areas/n ational_landscape/national_conservation/beaver_dam_was h_national.html. Bureau of Land Management Director Robert Abbey retired from public service at the end of May rejoining his family full-time in Mississippi. Appointed by President Obama in 2009, Director Abbey's three-year tenure in leadership of the nation’s largest land management agency marks the culmination of a 34 year career of state and federal service. Since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August, 2009, Abbey oversaw the approval of 29 large-scale renewable energy projects on public lands, including 16 solar projects, 5 wind farms, and 8 geothermal plants. Prior to 2009, not a single solar project land had been approved for construction on public lands. Abbey also implemented important reforms to BLM’s oil and gas leasing process to improve certainty, reduce conflict, and ensure that development is occurring in the right places and the right ways. At the same time, BLM has successfully helped expand domestic oil and gas production, including through the approval of major new projects like recently authorized Greater Natural Buttes project in Utah. During his tenure, Abbey oversaw a significant expansion of the National Landscape Conservation System, led the agency toward more landscape-scale and partnership-driven planning, was a key leader in President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, helped the
Association of Partners for Public Lands News and Notes
agency incorporate climate change more fully into its planning, and developed a set of wilderness recommendations that are a blueprint for Congressional action. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) presented its Making a Difference National Volunteer Awards last month to four individuals, three couples, one group, and one BLM employee for outstanding volunteer service or volunteer leadership on BLM-managed lands. This annual award recognizes BLM’s most exceptional volunteers, whose efforts include trail repair, visitor services, habitat restoration, and many other duties. A national panel of BLM specialists and partner representatives selected the award winners from a record number of nominees submitted by BLM state offices. The winners were selected for their exceptional contributions to conservation and management on public lands. In Fiscal Year 2011 alone, more than 30,000 volunteers contributed over 1.2 million hours of their time in assisting the BLM. That’s equivalent to the work of more than 690 full-time employees. Profiles and photos of the Volunteer Award Winners are available at www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2012/may/NR_05 _24_2011A.html. National Park Service As part of the 50th anniversary of the National Natural Landmarks Program last month, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar designated Lake Shasta Caverns, a pristine cave in northern California, and Ice Mountain, an unusual geological phenomenon called glacière talus in West Virginia, as national natural landmarks. National Natural Landmarks are selected for their outstanding condition, illustrative value, rarity, diversity, and value to science and education. Each site is identified and evaluated through a rigorous process – including a scientific evaluation and public comment period – to formally acknowledge its outstanding biological or geological features. The National Natural Landmarks Program www.nature.nps.gov/nnl/ is administered by the National Park Service. It is the only natural areas program of national scope to encourage the preservation of the best remaining examples of the nation’s biological and geological features in both public and private ownership. The federal designation imposes no new land use restrictions that were not in effect prior to designation. Yosemite National Park has released its 2020 Strategic Vision. The document is organized into eight action plans focusing on: Workplace Enrichment, Business and
Organizational Excellence, Leadership Campus, Modeling Sustainability, Stewards of Natural and Cultural Heritage, Youth Engagement, Quality Partnerships, and Visitor Experience. Each action plan identifies action items for success with respective targeted results. In addition, to help focus the strategic vision, it highlights 36 targeted results to be completed by 2016. The 2020 road map is framed by the national goals, including the Call to Action. Yosemite's 2020 Strategic Vision will guide park staff in making such decisions as what projects to work on, to strategically use funds, and where to integrate new initiatives. Yosemite employees intend to update the plan on an annual basis. The plan is available for download at www.nps.gov/yose/upload/Yosemite-2020-StrategicVision-2.pdf.
CONVENTION NEWS Crossing Bridges, Blazing Trails - 2013 APPL Partnership Convention & Trade Show, March 10-14, DoubleTree Hotel, Portland, OR. Details coming soon to www.appl.org. Planning for the 2013 APPL Partnership Convention and Trade Show has begun and a theme has been selected. After much assistance and discussion from members of the APPL community and staff, the theme for 2013 is Crossing Bridges, Blazing Trails. The theme is meant to signify the overcoming of challenges in the public lands community with an eye on sustainability— the future—by going new places, thinking fresh ideas, and exploring innovative practices. Programming for the 2013 Convention in Portland, OR is also officially under way! The program committee has been formed and we held our first conference call on May 25. The energy was high, the committee was engaged, and the discussion proved fruitful. June and July will be rather busy months for the committee and subcommittees, with the intent of having programming completed by the end of July. The 2013 Session Proposal Form is up on the APPL Web site at www.appl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3421. APPL invites presenters to submit proposals for keynote sessions, 90-minute and 75-minute concurrent sessions, educational workshops, and educational field trips. (The 75-minute category is new this year.) Proposals are due June 22, with decisions being made by September 30. If you have questions about your proposal or the submission process, please contact Education Coordinator Chuck Benjamin at email@example.com.
Association of Partners for Public Lands News and Notes
FEDERAL UPDATES The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) delivered a sign-on letter to Congress on May 7 urging lawmakers to revise provisions that would severely restrict government employees from attending meetings and conferences held by associations, nonprofits and other private sector organizations. The Obama administration has since responded with a directive to federal agencies to cut their travel budgets for fiscal year 2013 by 30 percent and cap spending on government-sponsored conferences at $500,000. These new restrictions apply only to government travel and conference spending, and do not have the broader implications for association and other private sector meetings that were evident in the amendments cleared by the House and Senate just prior to the last Congressional recess. APPL will continue to track this issue and will alert our members if additional language gets inserted into another legislative vehicle placing broader restrictions on non-governmental meetings and conferences. We believe it is crucial for government employees to be able to learn and share in dialogue with their private sector partners. Legislative Update APPL is tracking the following legislation relevant to the nonprofit public land partner community. Follow the links to learn the current status of each bill. H.R.3415 - American Parks American Products Act S. 2268 - American Parks American Products Act. HR 12 - American Jobs Act S. 1832 - The Marketplace Fairness Act S.2233 - Jobs Originated through Launching Travel Act S. 2237 - Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act
http://1.usa.gov/IkVkdP http://1.usa.gov/IEMkSN http://1.usa.gov/ISGVXg http://1.usa.gov/JFcLqI
If you would like to track the progress of these bills you may do so using www.govtrack.us. To let your congressional representatives know your views on these pieces of legislation visit www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt.
Rep. John Duncan [R, TN-2] has introduced a bill (H.R. 5840) to provide for the issuance of coins to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service. This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on May 18, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole. Learn more about this proposed legislation at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgibin/bdquery/D?d112:1:./temp/~bdngm8:@@@L&summ2 =m&|/home/LegislativeData.php|
MEMBER NEWS The Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association has just completed the first phase of an exciting new education resource. They have created 28 â€œscientist cards.â€? These cards are like baseball cards, but the ball players are Forest Service scientists! The cards come with a lesson plan and can be accessed at www.naturalinquirer.org. Click on education resources and then scientist cards series or go straight to the site: www.naturalinquirer.org/scientists-v-92.html. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) Volunteer Program, co-managed by the National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, hosted their 2nd Annual Alternative Spring Break (ASB) weekend from Friday, March 16 to Sunday, March 18. The students paid a nominal fee to participate and in return received housing and meals. 30 college students from six different local universities convened to learn about and give back to CVNP. The student demographics included non-traditional as well as international students. The weekend included National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park staff sharing their personal career path journeys to give the students insight into building a career in parks; teambuilding; an optional ranger-led early morning hike; time with veteran volunteers from the Cuyahoga Valley Trails Councils (CVTC); time to explore other areas of the park; night hikes and campfires. On the last day of ASB, students appreciated a choice in service projects at either the native plant nursery or at the high tunnel hoop house at the CVEEC. Students rallied towards the end to finish their projects building six raised beds, expanding green house space, and planting seedlings. During the closing reflection, students shared an appreciation for this unique experience and shared their enthusiasm and passion for service. Many expressed their desire to return next year during spring break!
Association of Partners for Public Lands News and Notes
Karen Dallett is the new Executive Director at Friends of Black Rock High Rock. Learn more about Karen’s background at http://blackrockdesert.org/friends/about/people. Joshua Tree National Park Association has unveiled their new website. Check it out at www.joshuatree.org. On Saturday, June 2, Aztec Ruins National Monument will host the launch of a major, four-state geotourism initiative that is a collaboration among National Geographic, the Colorado Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway and other nonprofit organizations including the Mesa Verde Museum Association, as well as numerous local, state and federal government agencies. This event celebrates the release of two geotourism products. The first is a full-color, waterproof, tear-resistant map that was produced by National Geographic and retails for $11.95. Titled the Four Corners Region—Trail of the Ancients, the destination map guide provides directions to and vivid descriptions of historic structures and archeological sites, scenic landscapes and wildlife viewing areas, trails and outdoor recreation, local cuisine and culture, festivals and events, artists and river guides. In other words, the map highlights the people and destinations that contribute to the beauty and diversity of the Four Corners. The second accomplishment is the official launch of the Four Corners Region—Trail of the Ancients interactive website – www.fourcornersgeotourism.com – which is also a National Geographic production and offers even more detail about Four Corners geotourism destinations. These National Geographic geotourism initiatives were the result of hundreds of thousands of dollars, funded through grants and contributions by the partner organizations, as well as countless labor hours provided by team members, that all were invested into spotlighting the rich cultural heritage and diversity of the Four Corners. The working group that formed several years ago to execute this project represents some 30-40 entities; it will continue to meet several times a year as the Geotourism Stewardship Council to explore regional tourism partnership opportunities and sharing of best practices. Last month, nearly 400 guests joined the National Park Foundation and co-hosts President Bill Clinton, President and Mrs. George W. Bush and Speaker of the House John Boehner at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. for An Evening of Remembrance honoring the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93. The National Park Foundation's Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign announced the event brought in
approximately two million dollars leaving eight million dollars in funding to be raised to complete the Shanksville, PA memorial. Brad L. Wallis has accepted the position of President/CEO of Pacific Historic Parks (PHP) on Oahu. Brad reported on April 15th and will be working with the board and staff to help the organization move towards its future. Recently, PHP completed a $56M capital campaign to construct a new visitor center at Pearl Harbor. The facility has been open a little more than a year and in cooperation with three other non-profit partners, the Pacific Aviation Museum, USS Bowfin Museum and Park and the USS Missouri Memorial Association, form the Pearl Harbor Partners, which have collectively become Hawaii's number one tourist attraction. Currently PHP is raising funds to support a much needed restoration project for the USS Arizona Memorial, which is celebrating its fiftieth year in 2012. The memorial has received more than 50 million visitors, through the years and needs a bit of TLC to remain in top shape. PHP also recently relocated its warehouse and administrative facility to the center of the island and is well positioned to move towards new and exciting projects supporting education and science regarding World War II in the Pacific. The Rocky Mountain Nature Association (RMNA) has announced the appointment of Charles A. Money as its executive director. Money will begin his tenure in September. As executive director, Money will continue to implement RMNA’s broad mission to promote education and appreciation for Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) and other public lands. Specifically, this will be accomplished through RMNA’s retail program, educational publications and programs, and through philanthropy for projects that protect land and historic sites in the Rocky Mountain West. During the last 14 years, Money served as the executive director of Alaska Geographic, a nonprofit organization serving nearly forty distinct public lands under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Geological Survey and Alaska State Parks. He also served for more than 10 years as the Chief of Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Prior to that, Money was the Finance Director at Southwest Parks and Monuments Association (now known as Western National Parks Association). Money also served as board president for the Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL). He was
Association of Partners for Public Lands News and Notes
the 2008 recipient of the prestigious James V. Murfin Award for Partnership, a biennial award given by the National Park Service recognizing an individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the partnership between the National Park Service and cooperating associations. He is expecting to split time between Anchorage and Estes Park during the next few months as he transitions from his current responsibilities. The majesty of Yosemite Falls can now be viewed on Yosemite Conservancy's website thanks to a new webcam. Working in partnership with the National Park Service and Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, the Yosemite Falls webcam is the fourth supported by the Conservancy and the first to offer a view of a Yosemite waterfall. The other Yosemite Conservancy webcams feature spectacular views of Yosemite landscapes, including Half Dome, El Capitan and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The Conservancy is also using technology in other ways to help connect people to the park. Millions have viewed the Yosemite Nature Notes online video series, which provides breathtaking and in-depth interpretive programs about Half Dome, rock falls and wildflowers among its 17 episodes. So far, four million have viewed the Frazil Ice episode on YouTube and nearly a half million people have enjoyed another about rainbows seen at night on waterfalls called “moonbows.” Podcasts are helping visitors plan trips, and learn about culture, nature and history. Visit www.yosemiteconservancy.org for more information on the Conservancy’s programs.
VENDOR SUPPORT NEWS Donate now to the 2013 Vendor Support Program (VSP) to ensure that your company can take advantage of all the benefits of VSP, including early registration for the 2013 APPL Trade Show. Registration for the show is scheduled to begin in early fall with VSP Benefactor level donors having the option to register first, followed by VSP Contributor level donors. Other exhibitors will be able to begin the booth registration process following VSP registration. Donation material will be mailed later this month to all current and former donors. Learn more about VSP at www.appl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3308 or contact Nancy Kotz, Member Services Coordinator, at 301-946-9475, extension 224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES The Tourism Cares Worldwide Grant Program provides grants to nonprofit tax-exempt public charities throughout the world that conserve, preserve, or restore tourism-related sites of exceptional cultural, historic, or natural significance. In 2012 the program will provide twelve grants of $10,000 each for brick-andmortar capital improvement projects or educational programs that will enhance interpretation of the site. The upcoming deadline for the letter of inquiry online application process is July 2 at 5 pm Eastern Time. Visit www.tourismcares.org/grants for eligibility criteria, grant application process, frequently asked questions, and a link to access the online Worldwide Grant application. Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation have announced a new grant program, Environmental Solutions for Communities. The program seeks to support projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c) organizations; state, tribal, provincial, and local governments; and educational institutions working in states and communities where Wells Fargo operates. Grant awards typically range from $25,000 to $250,000. Matching funds are one criterion considered during the review process, and projects that meet or exceed a 1:1 match ratio will tend to be more competitive. The initiative will award grants twice a year. For additional information visit www.nfwf.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Charter_Progr ams_List&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cf m&TPLID=60&ContentID=25244.
EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES July 2012 Park and Recreation Month – Visit www.nrpa.org/july/?utm_source=informz&utm_medium=e mail&utm_campaign=eml_nrpa_genericto to : • Access the Get Wild toolkit • Add your agency as an official GET WILD participant. August 2012 National Park Service Founders Day, August 25. September 2012 APPL Multi-Agency Partnership Academy, September 5-7, Golden, CO. Details and registration information are available at www.appl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3401.
Association of Partners for Public Lands News and Notes
National Public Lands Day, Helping Hands for America’s Lands, September 29. Visit www.publiclandsday.org for complete details. October 2012 2012 Watchable Wildlife Conference, October 2, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO. Visit www.WatchableWildlife.com/conference for more information. National Archeology Day, October 20. More information is available at www.archaeological.org/NAD/about. 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 National Geographic Maps has launched a new line of State Recreation Atlases, beginning with atlases for Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Each of the atlases is an ideal recreation resource and contains accurate, detailed topographic maps with private and public land boundaries, a complete road network, valuable recreation information and extensive cross-referenced lists and charts for campgrounds, lakes, parks, attractions, and more. New atlases for Alabama, Florida, and Georgia will become available in October 2012. SRP for each atlas is $24.95. For more information, visit www.natgeomaps.com or call 800-962-1643.
With 13 state-approved state park apps on the market and 16 scheduled for imminent release, Pocket Ranger®’s line of state parks, historic sites, forests, and wildlife areas mobile tour guides offers park visitors an innovative way to discover and explore the outdoors. The Pocket Ranger® smartphone application, available for Apple and Android devices, offers advanced interactive GPS and GIS Map technology for tracking trails, marking waypoints, and locating landmarks in the great outdoors. Users are also able to locate friends anywhere using the Friend Finder feature. The potentially life-saving Alert feature supplies GPS coordinates to designated contacts in case of an emergency. Park visitors may use any of the Pocket Ranger® apps to navigate anywhere in nature—state park or otherwise—and explore, record their stay and share with friends and family. Guests can also cache park maps in advance to ensure that navigation remains possible in the event of lost mobile reception. The newly added GeoChallenge feature will offer to the novice explorer or more adventurous geocacher various Geoquest activities and games throughout the year to guide them to little known scenic wonders. ParksByNature currently serves as the Official Mobile Program in more than seven hundred parks, is provided at no cost to State Park systems and helps generate significant revenue for the park systems themselves. Pocket Ranger® is also eager to announce the release of a National Parks app that will be available to the public shortly. For more information visit: www.PocketRanger.com. VSP Contributors American Park Network’s Oh, Ranger! Parkfinder is now on Android. Like the Apple version, Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder is free on all platforms. Don't have a smartphone? You can find the same information on OhRanger.com. Learn more at www.ohranger.com/allparks/news/2012/oh-rangerparkfinder%E2%84%A2%E2%80%94now-availableandroid. Gallopade International’s line of award-winning State Stuff materials offers excellent entertainment and super souvenirs for summer tourists and National Parks Month. State pocket guides, activity books, games, stickers and coloring books are top travel season sellers. A wide range of products is available for all fifty states. For more information on state products and gift displays, contact Gallopade at 800-536-2438.
Association of Partners for Public Lands News and Notes
Rosen Publishing will release six new titles on the founding fathers this summer. Titles on Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, James Madison, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson will be published in the popular graphic-novel style format. These books are intended for children ages 7-10 and retail for $9.00. For review copies, please contact Tricia Bauer, email@example.com; 212-777-3017.
POSITIONS AVAILABLE Additional position listings may be found at www.appl.org. The Yellowstone Association is currently seeking an Information Technology Manager for their operations based in Gardiner, MT. The IT Manager’s role is to ensure streamlined operation of the Yellowstone Association’s information technology. This individual will plan, coordinate, and implement IT-related activities. They will also work closely with individual departments to identify, recommend, execute, and support costeffective solutions. This position will play a vital role in ensuring the use of technology to advance the Association’s educational mission in all aspects of their operation including: Institute programs, retail operations/POS, administration and membership. For more information and a complete job description, visit https://apply.coolworks.com/ya/admin/jobdetails.asp?JobID=28462&DivID=65 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
RESOURCES Suggest a resource by e-mailing email@example.com. Would you like to make your website load faster? PageSpeed Online analyzes the content of a web page, then generates suggestions to make that page faster. Reducing page load times can reduce bounce rates and increase conversion rates. Visit https://developers.google.com/pagespeed/ to test your site and get recommendations for speeding up downloads.
Participants will be selected based on the guidelines and their commitment to full participation. D5, a coalition of philanthropic organizations working to help donors achieve greater impact, has just launched a new report entitled State of the Work: The Road to Greater Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Philanthropy. Among other things, the report found that a growing number of grantmaker associations are working to strengthen connections with diverse communities and recruiting staff and board members that better reflect the nation's diversity. The report also includes links to helpful resources related to building diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of philanthropy. For a free PDF copy visit: www.d5coalition.org/wpcontent/uploads/2012/05/D5_State_of_the_Work_2012.pd f. Teens Speak Up, a new study from the Case Foundation, provides a look at teenagers’ opinions on topics ranging from character and education, to citizenship and civic engagement. Download the report at www.casefoundation.org/case-studies/teens-speak-up. The Nonprofit Finance Fund recently released it 2012 State of the Sector survey results. More than 4,500 respondents at nonprofits across the country shared the details of how they are adapting their organizations and finances to economic conditions. The survey, which was supported for the second year in a row by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, reveals that while 2011 was a year of significant organizational and programmatic changes, many nonprofits are still facing fundamental challenges that threaten the stability of the sector and the well-being of the people they serve. Learn more about the survey results at http://nonprofitfinancefund.org/state-ofthe-sector-surveys.
NTEN's Technology Leadership Academy is a training program designed to help nonprofit leaders understand the potential technology has to help them meet their missions. Thanks to the generous support of Google and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, they are able to offer the Technology Leadership Academy at no charge to qualifying organizations. Learn more and apply (by June 8th) at www.nten.org/techacademy. NTEN will offer the Academy two more times in 2012. You may apply to either of the upcoming cohorts. Association of Partners for Public Lands News and Notes
Association of Partners for Public Lands 2401 Blueridge Avenue Suite 303 Wheaton, MD 20902 Phone: 301-946-9475 Fax: 301-946-9478 www.appl.org