The Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL) is the only national organization created by and for nonprofit organizations whose missions are to preserve and protect America’s public lands and to enhance the experience of their visitors. 

Partnering with federal, state and local land management agencies, our members are:

  • Cooperating associations developing and retailing interpretive publications and products.
  • Friends groups and foundations raising philanthropic funds and advocating for our public lands.
  • Educational partners managing field institutes and residential learning programs.
  • Nonprofits supporting public land stewardship through volunteer and youth engagement programs.

The impact of our members is enormous, generating over $150 million in grants, program services and contributions to our nation’s public lands. Our members are also the faces of their public lands in gateway communities, managing volunteer programs and engaging the public in stewardship of the land.

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