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Newswire APPL NEWS Supporting Education and Stewardship 2401 Blueridge Avenue

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the APPL community: • The Santa Monica Mountains Fund, a National Park Service and California State Parks partner, has joined APPL as a Nonprofit member. Learn more about them at http://samofund.org. • The National Park Foundation is our newest Nonprofit Ally Member. Learn more about the national charitable partner of the National Park Service at www.nationalparks.org.

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 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/

APPL is convention-bound for Las Vegas! The APPL staff will depart this Thursday, March 1 and look forward to greeting our members, agency partners, exhibitors, and other colleagues from throughout the country. This Newswire issue is packed with Convention News throughout. Be sure to take a look inside for schedule updates, special events, travel and packing tips, and much more. There is also a plethora of information in the Marketplace section from vendors who are providing Trade Show specials and other updates on new products and services. Even if you are not able to attend this year, stay in touch with convention happenings through APPL’s social media as noted on page 5, and start planning now for APPL’s 2013 Partnership Convention and Trade Show, March 1014 in Portland, Oregon. Congratulations to the Sequoia Natural History Association! They renewed their membership by January 2 and have won our annual drawing for a free pre or post convention workshop. Alex Vidal has joined APPL’s staff as our new Outreach Associate. Alex comes to APPL with solid experience in the nonprofit sector, primarily in the field of Communications and Public Relations. He also brings to APPL a strong skill set in technology and use of social media, and a genuine love for public lands and outdoor activities. His past experience includes working as the Social Media and Communication Specialist at CASA de Maryland, a nonprofit organization focusing on immigration advocacy in Washington, D.C. Alex was responsible for managing all Social Media outlets and campaigns. He also dealt directly with the media, captured/edited video of events and press conferences and copy-edited a study conducted by the Fair Development Coalition. Prior to joining CASA de Maryland, Vidal spent the majority of his time freelancing for various small businesses while also interning at SPIN LLC. His freelancing responsibilities included rebranding, social media start-up/strategies, graphic design and advertising. A graduate of Bridgewater College, Alex received his B.A in Communication Studies with a focus in Public Relations. His responsibilities will include serving as the association’s Webmaster, managing Social Media, advancing our use and effectiveness of electronic communications, and helping to advance APPL’s Bridge to Tomorrow initiative. Alex began work on February 21, and will be attending the annual Partnership Convention and Trade show in Las Vegas as his first introduction to our organization’s leadership and network. You can reach Alex at avidal@appl.org and 301-946-9475, extension 223.

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Here’s a look at the topics that are “trending” on APPL’s members only online discussion forums. Our Member Forum has been busy with in-depth discussion of: • Policies related to board member expenses • Finding the right Web hosting service • How members are using Quick Response Tags • Determining 509(a)(2) vs. 509(a)(3) status • Statistics on the number of unique visitors to association’s home pages • An opportunity to sign on to the National Park Principles developed at the recent America’s Summit on National Parks Topics of discussion on the APPL Buyer Forum have included queries on: • Perpetual Calendars • Baseballs Are you interested in participating in our exclusive online forums? Contact us at appl@appl.org to learn more. Training News Learn how the APPL Training Corps can assist your organization at www.appl.org. In addition to our annual convention APPL has been working on the following training initiatives: Upcoming Trainings and Focus: • California State Parks: Fundraising and nonprofit board governance for state cooperating associations • Iceland National Parks Training: Partnerships training, in conjunction with independent consultants and the NPS Washington office Recently completed: • National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF): Fundraising webinars. For more information, visit www.publiclandsday.org/resources/webinars/applfundraising-webinar-series. • Petrified Forest Museum Association: Financial management training Continuing: • National Park Service Northeast Region National Heritage Areas: Strategic planning, management planning • 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 APPL is pleased to announce that 18 emerging young leaders from across the country will be participating in the 2012 APPL Partnership Convention & Trade Show through the Bridge to Tomorrow (B2T) program. This program, now in its fourth year, provides young and aspiring public lands professionals with an opportunity to learn more about the partnership field and expand their networks. Look for the 2012 B2T professionals wearing royal blue name badges at the convention. Thanks to our APPL member organizations for their contributions that helped make this program possible. • Erika Bjorkquist - Education Specialist, California Trail Interpretive Center – Great Basin Institute • Shania Cook - Interpretive Specialist - Elko Trails Center, Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association • Sade Demery - Office Manager, Student Conservation Association • Autumn Ela - Landscape Architect/Interpreter, University of Arizona and Ormsby and Thickstun Interpretive Design • Jessica Haas - Program Coordinator, Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association • Beth Hickey - Membership Program Manager, Grand Canyon Association • Ryan Hittner - Forrest Coordinator, Grand Teton Association • Elise Manlove - Community Programs Intern, Crissy Field Center, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy • Sintia Morfin - Events Coordinator, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy • Bryan Robson - Assistant Manager, Zion Natural History Association • Jesse Ryan - Distribution Manager, Grand Teton Association • Remy Schneider - College Student, Slippery Rock University • Patricia Smedley - Volunteer Astronomer, Badlands National Park Association • May Tran - Coordinator, Community Programs and Services, Crissy Field Center, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy • Shauna Walchenbach – Administrative Assistant , Grand Teton Association • Stephen Webb II – Student & former SCA Intern, Alabama State University • Robyn Whitted - Senior Sales & Display Associate, Great Smoky Mountains Association • Heather Whitesides - Graduate Assistant, UNLV, Public Lands Institute

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NEWSBITS The National Council of Nonprofits has released its 2012 Public Policy Agenda that addresses issues affecting all nonprofit organizations at the local, state, and federal levels, such as protecting their tax-exempt status and promoting giving incentives. Added within the framework of six distinct policy areas (such as tax policy and nonprofit advocacy rights) for 2012 is language addressing two emerging policy trends that challenge the ability of nonprofits to pursue their missions: “mandatory volunteerism” and nonprofit independence. To learn more about the National Council’s 2012 Public Policy Agenda, visit www.councilofnonprofits.org/news/pressreleases/national-council-nonprofits-expands-nonprofitpolicy-agenda.

AGENCY NEWS The Department of the Interior and the Department of Education have announced a new agreement to build, develop and formalize programs that use national parks, national wildlife refuges and other public lands as classrooms and catalysts for 21st century education. The agreement is designed to benefit teachers, students and parents in rural America and urban classrooms alike. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by Secretary Salazar and Secretary Duncan enables the Department of the Interior and the Department of Education to work together in new and more effective ways to connect young Americans to the outdoors, improve environmental literacy, support experiential learning outside the classroom, and form partnerships at the local level to learn from and conserve public lands. Additionally, the agreement will help implement the President’s goals for the Department of Education by investing in the education necessary to build a workforce with skills to succeed in the conservation and outdoor recreation economy and to develop careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The agreement will create new bridges between America’s schools and its public lands – often at the local level, where national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands exist in close proximity to communities, ideally situated as outdoor classrooms for teachers and students nationwide. Under the agreement, Interior may offer both in-service and pre-service professional development opportunities for teachers and other educators, including workshops, indepth subject-matter seminars, and summer employment opportunities. The goals include improving teaching skills and developing deeper levels of subject-matter expertise,

with a special emphasis on those who work in, or will work in, Title I, rural, and other high-need schools. Through its relationships with state educational agencies, local school districts, and colleges and universities, the Department of Education can serve as a resource in developing a range of teaching and classroom skills for Interior employees, including Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) funded schools, and partners who serve as educators in the classroom and on public lands. The Department of Education will also commit to encourage math and science, American history, and other programs. To view the agreement, visit www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/loader.cfm?csModule=s ecurity/getfile&pageid=280715. Bureau of Land Management The Bureau of Land Management will present their annual Public Lands Partnership Excellence Award at the APPL Partnership Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas. The award will be presented prior to the keynote address on March 6 at the Las Vegas Hotel. National Park Service Join the National Park Service in Las Vegas on March 6 at the APPL Partnership Convention and Trade Show as they honor nonprofit partners with their Director’s Award and Murfin Award. The awards will be presented prior to the keynote address that morning. The NPS History e-Library has added 48 reports to its ever expanding collection of electronic publications. The National Park Service history program will continue to provide on-line electronic editions of studies covering a wide array of new, rare, and hard-to-find materials about our parks and the National Park Service. Visit the eLibrary at http://www.nps.gov/history/history/ to see a list of all the new reports that have been posted. Alexa Viets will head a new office dedicated to preparing for the NPS centennial in 2016. Viets began her new job on February 13. Lane Baker has been named superintendent of NPS’s Southeast Arizona units - Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. She will assume her new duties on March 25th. Highlights and videos from the January 25th and 26th America’s Summit on National Parks are now available at www.2016parksummit.org. Over 350 national park enthusiasts and advocates assembled in Washington, D.C., for the gathering convened by the

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National Park Foundation, the National Park Conservation Association and the National Park Hospitality Association. The summit was a look ahead to the upcoming National Park Service centennial and represented an historic first in its collaboration among members of the conservation community, the concession and travel industry, the philanthropic community, and many others. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will honor the recipient of their Excellence in Partnership Award on March 6 during the APPL Partnership Convention and Trade Show. The award will be present prior to the keynote address that morning. USDA Forest Service On March 21 at 3:00pm EST, the Forest Service in partnership with Sustainable Travel International (STI) will host a webinar on how to select and market authentic, thematic souvenirs. The webinar will highlight how Interpretive Associations and other vendors can foster environmental stewardship, economic prosperity, and social well-being by selling products made by local artists, crafters and agricultural producers. The webinar will provide information on sustainable tourism, and how to establish relationships with local producers and merchandise their products. Presentations include: Dr. Louise Twining-Ward, STI's Chief Technical Officer; Case studies by: Cindy Carpenter, Cradle of Forestry, North Carolina; Kevin Duncan, Seneca Rocks, West Virginia; and Lori McKean, Gray Towers National Historic Landmark. Pennsylvania. More information will be forthcoming. Contact Kristen Nelson at kristennelson@fs.fed.us if you have any questions or would like to be notified when further information becomes available. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service The National Wildlife Refuge Association and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has announced the honorees for their annual Refuge System awards. The awards honor the Refuge Manager, Refuge Employee, Refuge Volunteer and Friends Group of the Year. For additional information about these awards and the National Wildlife Refuge Association, please visit: http://refugeassociation.org/people/awards/. Additional information about the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation may be found at www.nfwf.org.

Elementary, middle and high school teachers are encouraged to have their students participate in the annual Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the seventh annual national Endangered Species Day, celebrated on May 18. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous conservation organizations will observe Endangered Species Day to recognize conservation efforts underway across the nation aimed at helping America’s imperiled species. For more information, including judging criteria and an entry form, visit www.endangeredspeciesday.org. Many of the Service’s field and regional offices will be hosting events in their communities and providing unique programs to visitors on endangered species conservation in celebration of Endangered Species Day. For more information on how you can find an event near you, please visit www.fws.gov/endangered/ESDay/2012.html.

CONVENTION NEWS Winning Hands for Public Lands 2012 APPL Partnership Convention & Trade Show, March 4-8, LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. Visit www.appl.org for details.

Find all the details you need to make the most of your time with APPL in Las Vegas by downloading the electronic version of our 2012 onsite program at www.appl.org/files/ConventionFiles/applprogram2012 _r14%20FINAL_low.pdf. Inside, you will find information on: • Session schedules and locations • Special Events information • Pre & Post convention session information • Trade Show floor plan and list of Exhibitors • List of speakers • LVH floor plan • Information on public lands in the region • And much, much more! If you’re planning on attending a particular session, please be sure to check the APPL Web site at the link below for session handouts prior to departing for the convention. In the spirit of “going green,” session presenters will not be passing out handouts at their sessions. Please print out the session handouts yourself or load them onto a thumb drive for access on your laptop during the session. To view the sessions with handouts posted, please visit www.appl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3370.

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Last month, we mentioned to keep on the lookout for a special guest at the convention, a certain conservationminded president from yesteryear. Tip top! Bully! Don’t be all shook up, though, if there’s a king sighting, too (and we’re not talking about England).Viva Las Vegas!

• Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (Complimentary entrance*) • Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historical Park • Spring Mountain Ranch State Park • Spring Mountains National Recreation Area • Hoover Dam • Lake Mead National Recreation Area • Desert National Wildlife Refuge • Valley of Fire State Park • Mojave National Preserve • Death Valley National Park • Zion National Park • Grand Canyon National Park *Complimentary entrance to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA) for ALL convention participants with your APPL convention name badge. Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada's first National Conservation Area and has BLM’s largest and first cooperating association – Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association. Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. Red Rock Canyon NCA encompasses 195,819 acres and is visited by more than one million people each year. In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock Canyon offers enticements of a different nature including a 13-mile scenic drive, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature viewing plus a new visitor center, gift and book store and an innovative indoor-outdoor exhibit area. Any time between Sunday, March 4 and Friday, March 9 during regular visitation hours convention participants can show their APPL 2012 Convention name badge and receive free entrance to RRCNCA. This offer is valid for one time only for one person per convention name badge. Learn more about Red Rock Canyon at www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/blm_special _areas/red_rock_nca.html. RRCNCA appreciates the support from APPL throughout the year and we encourage convention participants to come visit the beautiful Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Make time to visit the natural side of Las Vegas… there’s lots more to see beyond the Strip and neon lights. We know it’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Las Vegas, but the variety and diversity of public lands in the Vegas vicinity is one of the many reasons we picked it as the location for our 2012 APPL Partnership Convention and Trade Show. Here are just a few recommendations from our local contacts. • Springs Preserve

Are you wondering what to pack for Las Vegas? Business casual attire is fine for the majority of the convention session and events. We encourage you to wear something from your organization or location to help others identify you at the Opening Reception on the evening of Sunday, March 4. Our Closing Banquet and Awards Ceremony on the evening of Wednesday, March 7 will have a red white and blue theme in honor of a “special guest”. So, you may want to pack some patriotic attire!

If you’re a session presenter and have yet to submit your handouts, please do by 12 noon ET on February 29 to Chuck Benjamin at cbenjamin@appl.org. The APPL staff will be departing for Las Vegas on March 1. Are you attending your first APPL Partnership Convention & Trade Show? If so, go to www.appl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3370 to download our Newcomers Tip Sheet. It contains lots of suggestions and resources to help you make the most of your time with us in Las Vegas. It's Movie Night in High Definition! Come experience America's natural and cultural treasures in a high definition theater setting projected on the big screen. In just an hour see over twenty high definition 2-minute music videos and video adventure shorts, each on a different park or national park adventure. From rafting down Cataract Canyon to snow-shoeing and wolf watching in Yellowstone, it's the next best thing to being there! If this doesn’t inspire you to get out and see America’s public lands, nothing will! The screenings will take place on Monday, March 5, 6:30-7:30pm, Ballroom B of the LHV. This event is sponsored by Finley-Holiday Films and APPL. Back by popular demand! We know there is an abundance of musical talent and appreciation among our convention participants and we invite you to come together for an evening of folk and blues music. Bring your guitar, mandolin, fiddle, violin, bass or other instrument and join in on this acoustical jam session or just come to enjoy the music. The APPL Music Jam will be held on Tuesday, March 6 from 8-10pm at the LVH in Ballroom B.

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Looking for a chance to unwind after a full day of educational sessions, trade show shopping and special events? There is certainly no shortage of restaurants and nightlife in Las Vegas starting with our host location, the LVH. Complete details on their many dining options can be found at www.thelvh.com/Hotel/dining. You’ll also find plenty of entertainment and nightlife options at the LVH. Check them out at www.thelvh.com/Hotel/entertainment. If you prefer to venture out to take in the city, then you may want to consult the following resources to plan ahead. Las Vegas Restaurants Epicurious- Las Vegas’ Best Restaurants Nightlife Attractions

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Get involved in APPL’s social media community during the convention. • Follow all the latest convention news at www.facebook.com/appl.fb. Don’t forget to include us in your Facebook status by using @Association of Partners for Public Lands during the convention. • Follow us at @goappl and be sure to include us in your tweets by using @goappl and the hashtag #APPLCon2012. We will also be Live-Tweeting during the event, so have your smart phones, tablets, and computers handy so you can stay up to date on the latest convention news. • See all the latest pictures from the convention at www.flickr.com/goapplblog and www.facebook.com/appl.fb • Send your favorite pictures to Alex Vidal at avidal@appl.org and/or upload to Facebook and tag us! (@Association of Partners for Public Lands) • We will be updating videos daily at www.youtube.com/goappl and we want to see your videos. Upload your favorite convention moments to YouTube and we will share them for you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask Alex for help or post questions to www.twitter.com/goappl or www.facebook.com/appl.fb and you will be a social media expert in no time!

FEDERAL UPDATES The IRS has launched a new online search tool, Exempt Organizations Select Check, to help users more easily find information about tax-exempt organizations. Find it at www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=249767,00.html. APPL is tracking the following legislation relevant to the nonprofit public land partner community: • American Parks American Products Act (H.R.3415) – No new action taken. • American Jobs Act (HR 12) - No new action taken • The Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832) - No new action taken. 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 Carlton Murrey has been selected as the new Executive Director of the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association. He can be reached at carlton@cfaia.org. Manzanar History Association is proud to introduce its first publication, a tribute to those whose lives were shaped by their childhoods at Manzanar. Children of Manzanar edited by Heather C. Lindquist with a foreword by Mary Daniel and epilogue by Alisa Lynch contains photographs and remembrances - most of them archival treasures from Manzanar National Historic Site, and many appearing here in print for the first time - vividly record a barren world of guard towers, barbed wire, and tarpapered barracks, while also capturing the remarkable resilience of children, shown skipping rope, doing homework, and growing up. You will see fear and anxiety when you look into their eyes, but you will also see that indelible spark of joyous abandon unique to childhood. Buy it now at www.manzanarstore.com or order toll-free 877.424.2411 NPCA is proud to launch its new blog, the Park Advocate, at www.parkadvocate.org. Get regular news on the parks, read about NPCA's latest work in the field, check out photos and videos from around the country, and share your ideas and opinions on issues affecting their national parks. Be sure to subscribe to their RSS feed or sign up for NPCA's email alerts to stay up to date on the latest stories!

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VENDOR SUPPORT PROGRAM NEWS Exhibitors – we love seeing you at our annual trade show but did you know that you can stay involved with APPL and our members all year long? Become a donor to APPL’s Vendor Support Program (VSP) and stay connected to the nonprofit public land partner community. Look for more information on VSP included with the materials you receive at registration in Las Vegas. You may also download this information at www.appl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3306.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES The North Face Explore Fund’s goal is to inspire the next generation of young explorers and conservationists by supporting nonprofit organizations throughout the country that help kids discover nature's playground. Grants of up to $2,500 are provided to organizations that encourage youth outdoor participation, focusing primarily on creating more connections of children to nature, increasing access to both front and backcountry recreation, as well as providing education for both personal and environmental health. Funded programs should seek a specific audience and reach out to a specific community or place of interest. The application deadline is April 6. Visit www.explorefund.org to submit an online application. National Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program provides competitive seed grants ($1,500 $5,000) to creative and innovative proposals that seek to increase the number and effectiveness of organizations interested in assisting the Refuge System nationwide. During this funding cycle Friends are invited to submit proposals that focus on Start-Up and Capacity Building projects. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, along with its partners, recognizes the important role refuge Friends organizations play in building critical community support for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Refuge System. As such, they are requesting proposals for projects that assist organizations to be effective costewards of our Nation's important natural resources within the National Wildlife Refuge System. Application is due on Monday, April 30 with final funding decisions and applicant notification by June 21. For more information on the Friends Group Grant Program including the Request for Proposal, grant guidelines, sample balance sheet, and access to the online application please go to www.nfwf.org/refugefriends.

The National Wildlife Refuge Friends Grant Program is a collaborative effort between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge Association, and National Audubon Society. For additional information about the program contact Teal Edelen, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Program Coordinator, she can be reached at teal.edelen@nfwf.org or call 202-857-0166.

EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES April 2012 Second Annual Let’s G.O.! celebration. Children & Nature Network. Find out more at http://childrenandnature.ning.com/group/letsgo. National Environmental Education Week, April 15-21. Learn more at www.eeweek.org. Earthday, April 22. Log onto www.earthday.org to learn how you and your organization can become involved in this annual day focused on the health of our planet. National Arbor Day, April 27. Visit www.arborday.org for details. May 2012 2012 CALPA Conference, May 16-20. San Diego, CA. More information to follow at www.calparksleague.org. 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.

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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. This month’s Marketplace features organizations exhibiting at our 2012 Trade Show in Las Vegas. For a complete list of all our 2012 exhibitors and their show specials visit www.ptfassociates.com/secure/appl12/exhi bitorlist_alpha.asp. Need some tips to help you make the most of your Trade Show time? We’ve prepared a handy guide for you at www.appl.org/files/ConventionFiles/Shopping%20the%2 0Trade%20Show%281%29.pdf. The slides from our February 2 Exhibitor Webinar presented by Kimberlee Riley of the APPL Training Corps are now available online. Visit www.appl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=3369#Exhibit orWebinar to download the presentation and learn how your company can expand its market on public lands across the country. Don’t miss two special opportunities to win at our Silent Auction and in our Door Prize giveaway in the APPL Trade Show Hall. This year our Silent Auction will be held exclusively on Tuesday, March 6. It is open to all convention participants and benefits our Education and Scholarship Fund. All items will be awarded, paid for and distributed during the Trade Show Reception. Bidding will end at 6:00 p.m. On Wednesday, March 7 we will be giving away Door Prizes donated by exhibitors, partners, and APPL members. Attendees will receive tickets for various things like staying at the host hotel, visiting the Trade Show, donating items to the Silent Auction or Door Prize Giveaway and by being nice to exhibitors! Fill out the tickets you gather throughout the week with your name, cell phone or email address and place it in the box for the prize(s) you want most. Drawings for the Door Prizes will be held at 2:45 pm. The Grand Prize is a 2013 Attendee Registration for Portland, OR. The Grand Prize winner

must be present at 2:45 pm to win and all other prizes must be claimed no later than 3:15pm. VSP Benefactors Place an order with FalconGuides and receive free freight (or +3%) and 90-day payment terms. Orders must be received by March 30 and can be scheduled to ship any time before May 18. Please reference offer code APPL12FF when placing your order. FalconGuides set the standard for outdoor recreation guidebooks. Written by top outdoors experts, each guide invites readers to experience the endless adventure, beauty, and history of our country. On display will be an assortment of recent and noteworthy books that relate to our parks, natural wonders, and history. Additional publishers represented include Globe Pequot Press, Lyons Press, TwoDot, skirt!, Insiders’ Guides, AMC Books, Day Hikes Books, People’s Press, Milepost, and Western Horseman. They will feature the series Adventures With The Parkers at this show. Look for nine new editions of dramatic, full-color guides to national parks, ideally suited to readers 8-13 years old. In addition, we will be demonstrating prototypes of several new and forthcoming climbing and nature apps that will appeal to park visitors. Look for the Made in the USA logo on the back of FalconGuides. Stop by to visit with Max and Jess at FalconGuides Booths #109 & #111. National Geographic Maps continues to expand its offerings of National Park maps with a beautiful new wall map of the National Parks of the United States that highlights the nearly 400 parks across the country. The map features subtle earth-tones with shaded mountain relief and intricately drawn river systems. Colorful photos capture some of the diverse landscapes preserved and protected by the national park system. Separate inset maps provide detail and descriptions of seven popular parks including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Acadia, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Everglades and Zion. Parks located in U.S. territories are included on an inset world map. Net proceeds from the sale of this map go to support the non-profit mission of the National Geographic Society. The first 100 visitors to mark their park on the map at Booths #110 & #112 will receive a free copy of the National Parks of the United States wall map and will be entered for a chance to win an 18-pack of National Park of the United States wall maps in a display-ready package.

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The University of Oklahoma Press invites APPL members to come by and visit Booth #208 at the in Las Vegas. While you’re there take them up on the show special: Free Freight on all orders placed at the meeting, or sent by mail or FAX through April 6, 2012, to: Dale Bennie, Marketing Director, OU Press, 2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069. FAX 405-325-4000. Great new Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 books include: Plains Indian Art: The Pioneering Work of John C. Ewers, by Jane Ewers Robinson; An Archaeology of Desperation: Exploring the Donner Party’s Alder Creek Camp, by Kelly J. Dixon, Julie M. Schablitsky, and Shannon A. Novak; After Custer: Loss and Transformation in Sioux Country, by Paul L. Hedren; Scenery, Curiosities, and Stupendous Rocks: William Quesenbury’s Overland Sketches, 1850-1851, by David Royce Murphy; From the Hands of a Weaver: Olympic Peninsula Basketry through Time, by Jacilee Wray; Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, edited by Matthew L. Harris and Jay H. Buckley; and Telling Stories in the Face of Danger, by Paul V. Kroskrity. Visit their website at: www.oupress.com to see all OU Press titles. While you’re online join them on Facebook and Twitter, so you’ll get up-to-the-minute information about OU Press authors, books, and the Press. To request review copies, come by the booth at APPL and give your request to Dale or email or FAX your request to Dale Bennie at dbennie@ou.edu or FAX 405-325-4000. See you in Las Vegas! ParksByNature Network is an industry leader in Smartphone mobile technologies for parks, historic sites, forests, and wildlife refuges featuring Pocket Ranger® Mobile App’s including Search and Rescue Alert technology, Social Media/Geo Quest/Trail Tracker, and proudly made in America Software. Pocket Ranger® designed as “Deep Woods” applications (Apple and Android) works with little to no mobile reception providing real time events, weather alerts, and independent GPS/GIS mapping. PBN currently serves as the “Official Mobile Program” in partnerships with America’s State Parks and Foundations in over seven hundred parks with a reach of two hundred million visits and is the clear program of choice. The ParksByNature Pocket Ranger® Mobile Program is provided at (zero cost, assumes all service and maintenance fees). The PBN Program provides a free green interactive guide for Park visitors and offers a significant new revenue-generating source for Parks. PBN is a registered vendor with NPS and their development team assisted in creating The Official National Mall APP in service today. Visit Booth #405 to introduce Pocket Ranger® technology and their mobile

park specialists to your organization, foundation, or parks. Learn more at www.parksbynature.com. When customers visit your store to stock up on snacks and sunscreen, they may not realize that sunscreen is changing. Rocky Mountain Sunscreen (www.rmsunscreen.com) wants to let you in on the new FDA changes (www.rmsunscreen.com/fdanews062011.aspx) likely to affect your sunscreen inventory. Effective June 18, 2012, manufacturers like Rocky Mountain Sunscreen, who sell Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, must be in compliance with the new FDA guidelines that prohibit false claims. Watch for the term “Broad Spectrum,” a new labeling distinction that allows sunscreen products to advertise that it now helps prevent skin cancer and premature aging. It also clues consumers in on having UVA and UVB protection. Not all companies can make Broad Spectrum claims. Only those companies whose products have undergone new rigorous FDA testing standards - a key difference that sets them apart from other brands. Also watch for new marketing term restrictions. Companies cannot use the following terms in their advertising or labeling: Waterproof, all day, sweat proof, instant protection and sunblock. These are just a few changes they want you to know about before filling your sunscreen orders. David Erickson, president of Rocky Mountain Sunscreen will be at Booth #204 to answer your questions about these new FDA regulations. He will also have fact sheets and brochures for you. Please stop by and visit. Visit www.sunscreensafety.info/wpcontent/uploads/Dealer_Catalog/source/index.html#/Deale r%20Catalog/0 to see their dealer catalog that includes FDA approved products. VSP Contributors Big Hairy Dog Information Systems (BHD) is one of the leading distributors and service providers for two Point of Sale and Inventory Management Systems in the parks industry. BHD installed Yellowstone National Park DNC, Yosemite Conservancy, Yosemite National Park for DNC, Grand Canyon, Sequoia National Park, Niagara Park, Yellowstone Association, Muir Woods & Sequoia Natural History Association, and so many others. They are pleased to offer APPL discounts to member organizations. BHD provides special discounts and free services to their customer base including: Chat Room support, E-mail support, Refresher Training, Q&A board, Online Webinar Training, Training Videos, hardware loaner programs and much more! Their systems offer the following benefits:

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• Retail Pro Software is simple to use, and is a Total Retail Management System Point of Sale • Purchase, Receive, Transfer • Customer Loyalty (CRM) • Real Time Statistics • “In the Cloud” Security • Mobile POS and LineBusting • Customize any Screen • Works with all Credit Card Processors • Integrates with E-Commerce, Accounting, Constant Contact, and ERP Solutions QuickBooks Point of Sale is the POS solution for the small retailer. With over 90,000 installations nationwide, BHD is the #1 Distributor for QuickBooks POS. • Manage your Inventory • Track customers • Ring up Sales • QuickBooks Accounting Interface • Integrated Merchant Services with Intuit Drop by Booth #722 and visit BHD. Want to learn more? Visit www.bighairydog.com for details. Blubandoo Cooling Headwear is thrilled to exhibit again at the upcoming APPL Show! Stop by and see their newest Made in USA products and fabrics. Share in the success of their Safari Hatbandoo and join in on some proven money-makers for APPL members. Name drop is also now available to promote your location. If you can’t make to the show, place your order between February 26 March 10 and you’ll still receive our Show Special – free freight! See all at Booth # 221 or contact them by phone 949 545 6105, fax 949 545 6106, www.blubandoo.com or info@blubandoo.com Blubandoo® Cooling Headwear and Accessories contain non-toxic polymer crystals that expand to a gel when immersed in water for just five minutes. Blubandoos® quickly dry to the touch, but stay hydrated, keeping the wearer cool (due to the slow gel evaporation) for up to three days before completely drying and returning to their original shape. They are reusable again and again, simply by re-soaking them in water for just five minutes. They also offer demonstrative point-of-purchase displays and eye-catching fun hangtags to effectively convey their Blubandoo® cooling magic.

When buying unique imprinted gift items for your stores, there are five important things that separate vendors - other than just styles and colors. They include: 1. Product Safety: Have these products been tested extensively through a third-party service? 2. Product Quality: Has the manufacturing process been established that assures production of items for which an approved standard exists? 3. Social Accountability: Have the items been produced in factories where such issues as worker’s rights, working and living conditions and worker safety are at the forefront? 4. Environmental Stewardship: Does the factory meet or exceed compliance with all environmental regulations, recycling, monitoring for banned substances and resource management? 5. American-Made: With unemployment still above 8%, doesn’t it make sense to keep American workers employed? Eco Marketing Solutions has committed itself to working only with leading factories that hold compliance issues at the forefront and build it into their business culture. In fact, many of their top suppliers are active members of the Quality Certification Alliance, an independent accreditation organization whose mission is to elevate the standards by which industry firms that import and/or manufacture promotional products provide consistently safe, high-quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise. Stop by the Eco Marketing Solutions booth and view dozens of American-made products that live up to the five standards that we have set for ourselves. Visit Eco at Booth 628. Free Freight on any new order placed at the show - within contiguous 48 states. Farcountry Press invites all APPL members to stop by Booths 619 and 621. Meet their new sales representative, Robb Helfrick, enjoy a chocolate mint and check out this spring’s new titles…Glacier Unforgettable, Going to the Grand Canyon, Bison Babies and Black Bear Babies. Visit with Linda, Sue and Robb about the show special and be sure to register for the door prize! Email linda@farcountrypress.com or call 800-821-3874 for more information. National Parks were made to be filmed in high definition; nothing conveys the beauty and intricate details better. Finley-Holiday Films (Booth 217) has released a new series of Blu-ray Combo Packs on America’s national parks and monuments. With a suggested retail of $24.95, the Blu-ray Combo pack is a

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great value and includes a Blu-ray disc, a DVD and a Digital Copy for all your home and mobile devices. New Blu-ray Combo Pack titles include: • Yosemite • Yellowstone • Glacier • Grand Canyon • Bryce Zion & North Rim • The Southwest’s Grand Circle • America’s Western National Parks • Where America Began: Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg & Yorktown • National Park of New York Harbor Stop by their booth and ask about their APPL Trade Show Special. They’ll fill you in on the latest trends in video technology for your park travelers. For more information contact Kadi Goines (kadi@finleyholiday.com), Vice President of Sales and Mark Finley (mark@finleyholiday.com), President Finley-Holiday Films 12607 Philadelphia Street Whittier, CA 90601 Phone 800-345-6707 Fax: 562-693-4756 Gallopade International will be offering exclusive specials at the 2012 APPL Partnership Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas. A new case pack discount will be available only for orders placed at the show. Case pack discounts take an additional 5% off the already discounted reseller price. Other specials: FREE Civil War Field Trip books when purchasing the Civil War Big Book; and FREE freight on orders over $250! The newest Carole Marsh Mysteries and American Milestones series will also be on display at the Gallopade booth. For more information, please contact Gallopade International at 800-536-2438, or stop by booth #508 to speak to a sales representative. A trip to a national park site ignites, inspires, and fuels the minds creativity. Working with Lamcraft’s professional graphic design team will help you translate the interpretative theme of your public land site into a collection of distinctive souvenirs that can be tailored specifically to the needs of your retail store, fundraising and membership goals. Share the faces, history and stories behind your public land site with laminated custom bookmarks, luggage tags, journals and placemats from Lamcraft. Open design options can feature sweeping landscapes, educational information, pictorial guides, unique maps and more in contemporary and historical themes.

Lamcraft shares your passion for the great outdoors. For over thirty five years Lamcraft has offered fine quality American-made products at a competitive price. That’s why working with Lamcraft will have a positive impact on our economy and our outdoor spaces by using superior materials purchased within the USA. Please visit www.museumbookmarkcollection.com or call 800-821-1333 for details and be sure to stop by Booth # 616 to see them at the APPL show. The perfect place to make sure all public lands retailers are aware of the bestselling card decks available from Mountaineers Books is, of course, Las Vegas. Mountaineers Books will be featuring advance copies of its newest playing card deck – the Don’t Drown Out There Deck - 56 playing cards (full deck) each with water safety tips and advice. You are invited to stop by Mountaineers Books booths 502 and 504 to have an early look at this deck and perhaps a hand of blackjack and your chance to win either the Freedom Of The Hills Deck or the Don’t Die Out There Deck. Both decks have continued as bestselling items from the publisher that brought you Macs Field Guides, Mountaineering Freedom of the Hills, Best Hikes With Kids, and the National Park Hiking Deck series. As well as a game of blackjack, Mountaineers Books will be offering a chance to win an entire Kelty Camp Set, including tent, table, backpack, camp light and a small library of books. They will also be giving away a bottle of wine twice daily and other items throughout the show. Mountaineers Books is also offering extended discount or terms for APPL orders – just ask at the booth. Everyone wins by visiting the Mountaineers Books booth at this year’s APPL Trade Show. Partners Book Distributing, Inc announces its new outdoor book web site, http://outdoors.partnersbook.com. The site features over 7500 outdoor related books, maps and videos, covering such topics as Backpacking/Hiking; Bicycling; Boating; Caving; Climbing; Families and Children Outdoors; First Aid/Safety/Survival; Fishing; Fitness; Outdoor Cooking/Foods; Hunting; Nature; Navigation; Paddling; Snow Sports; and Travel. Item searches can be done by any number of ways, including topic, date added, title, author, ISBN, category, state, region, and – of course – keyword. Searches return with short title descriptions and cover photos, and items can be added directly to a purchase order form and sent to Partners with one final click of a button. Partners, with offices and warehouses in Michigan and Washington, will be exhibiting at the APPL Trade Show at Booth #528, and will be represented by Gloria Genee,

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Director of Sales & Marketing, and Jennifer Lipps, Manager of Specialty Retail. This will be Partners first APPL Trade Show appearance in a number of years and reflects their increased emphasis on specialty book outlets. Visit Questar, the leading distributor of national parks programs on HD and Blu-ray, in Booth 127 at the 2012 APPL Trade Show. Get an extra 5% discount + free shipping on orders marked APPL and received by March 31. For more information, contact Lynn Rand at 312-3972176 or lrand@questar1.com.

Offering a wide range of interpretive platforms ranging from handheld self-guided tour systems, to environmentally friendly stationary systems, to cutting edge mobile phone and multimedia platforms, Tour-Mate can tailor an interpretive system to meet the specific needs of an attraction. Tour-Mate’s content creation coupled with its approach to client care ensures each visitor has a significantly enhanced tour experience. Tour-Mate’s solutions have been featured in world renowned attractions such as Mount Rushmore, the Alamo, the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Come see them at Booth #608 and learn more.

Rosen Publishing invites you to stop by Booth #216 to see their new titles. Of special interest will be the American Animals books on American Bison, Bald Eagles, Bighorn Sheep, Moose, Mustangs, and Prairie Dogs. Also on display will be A Graphic History of the American West, nonfiction books presented in the popular graphic-novel format on the Alamo, Little Big Horn, Lewis and Clark, the Gold Rush, the Oregon Trail, and the Pony Express. Free freight on all orders placed at the show.

Whistle Creek will introduce its new hiking stick program - Buy a Stick, Plant a Tree! The new Planter's Staff (tm) hiking stick has a seed packet hang-tag with pine and spruce tree seeds, along with planting instructions. Available in 12-packs and of course all Made in USA. See George at the Whistle Creek booth #317 for more information.

Time and Quiet Press is not attending this year’s APPL convention, but would like to send greetings and a gift sample, look for it in your convention bag. Their focus is Look Around Books – tiny books with 48 pages about nature, designed to fit a child’s hand. They speak to children with facts, impressions and whimsy. Most of all, this series is about inspiring children ages 3–10+ to value nature. Available Titles include; Low Tide, Salt Marsh, Freshwater Edge, Beach, Camouflage, Life in the Grass, Hello Sun, Found in Florida, Bluebird Neighborhood, Swamp Nearby, Sea’s Edge, A Patch of Desert and Great Blue Heron. New – Create your own customized 5-book box sets. • Select 5 books that fit your location. • We place site name or organization on box label. • “Site specific” box sets help visitors enjoy nature’s wonders long after their trip. Visit www.LookAroundBooks.com to see more. Click on the covers to see several sample pages.

APPL Members Jefferson National Parks Association is excited to be offering their Civil War Sesquicentennial and Junior Ranger product lines at this year’s APPL Trade Show. They invite you to stop by and see them at Booth #125! They will also be exhibiting some of their successful Westward Expansion wholesale products such as the Lewis and Clark Compass and Spyglass as well as the Rosemary Prairie Doll. The Civil War Sesquicentennial product line includes an ornament, puzzle, photo frame, photo journal, and many other collectibles. The Junior Ranger product line includes a pin, patch, walking stick emblem, lunchbox, children’s dinnerware, back-to-school kit and more. In addition to new lower pricing on some of their Civil War and Junior Ranger products, they will also be offering their National Park Trading Card Sets at a discounted rate of $9.00 while supplies last. For more information about their wholesale products, visit www.shop.jnpa.com or contact Sandy Kreitner at kreitner@jnpa.com.

Tour-Mate Systems Ltd. creates audio and multimedia tours for museums, art galleries, historic sites, botanical gardens, national parks, corporate events and temporary exhibitions. Tour-Mate has offices in Toronto, Ontario and Victor, New York. Millions of visitors have experienced Tour-Mate tours in Australia, Canada, China, Italy, Japan, Macao, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

2012 Trade Show Exhibitors The Aquaclip is the world’s simplest hands free water bottle holder. Made in USA the Aquaclip snaps securely onto bottleneck and clips comfortably to your waistband or pocket like a canteen. Custom imprinted with your locations name and logo, Aquaclip is a much appreciated keepsake for your guest, while encouraging them to “keep cool” and hydrated during their visit. Aquaclip is made from recyclable polycarbonate, maintaining its premium

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quality. Their APPL Show special includes free setup, low minimum and fast shipping. Get your free Aquaclip sample at Booth #704, and give it a try while walking the Show. You’ll be glad you did. Please visit www.aquaclip.com or call 714-848-7130 for more information. Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Recognized as one of the 50 best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in nature-related titles as well as in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that is instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. Please visit them in Booth #604 for a chance to win a McEvoy Ranch prize pack. Orders of 24+ units receive net 90. Orders of 2+ units of Bird Songs Bible receive 60% discount. Discovery Communications, the world’s number-one nonfiction media company has announced a partnership with Northwest Territorial Mint for a line of custom-packaged, commemorative items based on Discovery Channel’s hit series, Gold Rush. The line of collector’s items includes gold and silver medallions, bars and rounds, as well as pins, bronze belt buckles, knives, key fobs and real gold nuggets from Alaska. Custom packaged and meant to reflect the spirit of mining, the line is available at DiscoveryStore.com. Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush follows six men who, in the face of an economic meltdown, risk everything including their families, their dignity, and in some cases their lives, to strike it rich mining for gold in the wilds of Alaska. Northwest Territorial Mint, established in 1984, has grown to include a family of prestigious mints. Most notable of these is Medallic Art Company, founded in 1903, and Graco Awards. Coins, medals, and medallions are minted for governmental, corporate, and private entities around the world. Northwest Territorial Mint has facilities located in Dayton, NV; Federal Way, WA; Auburn, WA; Green Bay, WI; Tomball, TX; Alexandria, VA; and the Pentagon.

With nearly forty years of experience and two thousand published titles, the Donning Company can ensure your publishing experience is enjoyable and successful. They know their customers are unique with separate goals, ideas, and missions, so they custom tailor our products and services to meet your needs. Donning is a turnkey company offering a comprehensive range of publishing and printing services from one source. From editorial support for your manuscript, to finding financial backing, to delivering a beautiful publication, Donning is here to assist you. The Donning Company began in the mid-1970s when the company’s founders published a pictorial history of their hometown. In the following years, we at Donning would bring our award-winning Portraits of America series to cities, counties, states, and regions, from Alaska to Florida, Maine to California. Today, Donning is a wholly owned subsidiary of Walsworth Publishing Company, a major Midwestern print group with printing and binding facilities located in Marceline, Missouri. To learn more about the Donning Company and the services they offer, visit them at Booth #513 at the APPL Convention and Tradeshow. Dwight Tompkins will be available to speak with you regarding your publishing needs and let you know how Donning is here to assist you. We live in a 3-dimensional world. Why are most maps 2-dimensional? For mountainous parks, 2D flat maps often leave visitors scratching their heads trying to figure out the “lay of the land.” Summit Terragraphics solves that problem by creating attractive and functional 3D raised-relief maps of national parks. These plastic thermoformed maps (ranging in size of 20” to 30” across, and with up to 2” of vertical relief) are beautiful and effective geographic interpretation tools. What’s more, these unique maps are reasonably priced so that park visitors can afford to buy one and take them home to remember their visit and plan the next trip. Framed, Summit raised-relief maps make striking additions to the walls of home, offices, and classrooms. And they provide lasting promotion/awareness value to the associations and parks. Thus far, Summit has created beautiful 3D maps of five AK national parks, Yosemite, Yellowstone-Grand Teton, the Appalachian Trail, and other popular locations. Visit Summit’s online map store at www.summitmaps.com to see their full product line. Stop by Summit’s Booth #605 and speak to them about what we can do for your association and park, or call Mike Higgins now at 301-788-6612 or email sales@summitmaps.com.

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Wildwoods Craft Kits is a family business established in 1985. They began with one kit, the Complete Pine Needle Basket Kit. They have expanded each year, designing more kits and selling through wholesale trade shows and retail shows across the country. Their reputation is based on high quality materials and excellence in teaching traditional craft methods. They are committed to providing quality craft kits that inspire individual creative expression and encourage further exploration. Their kits teach traditional craft skills and tell a story about America's past. They take pride in their quality materials, excellence in kit instructions, attractive packaging and attentive customer service. Their kits are designed, produced and packaged in Mariposa, California. The materials and packaging are recyclable and/or reusable. In July 2011 the business became a partnership between founder Lorna Pollock and her two daughters, Katherine Ogilvie and Madelyn McGrath. The new partnership plans on expanding the line with the addition of new products and instructional videos. They hope to offer a wide variety of handmade basket and craft kits so that buyers from all regions can learn skills from both their own cultures or from those of others cultures. Learn more about them at Booth #626.

consumer recycled content. Look for Xplorer Maps in Booth #712.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE Additional position listings may be found at www.appl.org. Friends of Black Rock High Rock is looking for an Executive Director. Please see the full job description at www.blackrockdesert.org. Please submit cover letter, resume, and 3 references with salary requirements to FBR/HR President, jobs@blackrockdesert.org.

Xplorer Maps creates hand-drawn and hand-lettered illustrated maps of National Parks and other significant destinations worldwide. The artist, Chris Robitaille, has been creating similar maps for almost 15 years while living in Kenya and just recently, Xplorer Maps has embarked upon an exciting journey to promote and feature America’s National Parks. These beautiful hand-drawn illustrations are intricate in their attention to detail and provide cultural, historic and geologic information in an aesthetically pleasing presentation. Additionally, the artist has meticulously highlighted some of the wildlife and landscapes that help make each National Park so unique. Timeless in their appeal, the Xplorer Maps illustrations reveal countless hidden treasures entirely hand-drawn and hand-lettered in extraordinary detail. With every new glance, countless memories will unravel for the traveler and collector for years to come. Xplorer Maps is committed to making a strong connection between wildlife, habitat conservation and education throughout the world and accordingly, are establishing partnerships with a variety of local and international organizations to help achieve their goal including IWFF, the Nature Conservancy, Pantherra Foundation and IMAX’s One World, One Ocean campaign. All Xplorer Maps are registered Made in Montana products and printed on soy-based inks with 50% post

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