APPL Partnership Awards


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We are now accepting nominations for our 2015 Partnership Awards!

Entries due Feburary 3, 2015

The APPL Partnership Awards celebrate the best in public lands partnerships, recognizing individuals, organizations, publications, products, programs and services that embody leading edge achievements in the preservation of our public lands and the enrichment of their visitors. Awardees have attained measurable successes in achieving mission-based outcomes in extraordinary ways.


Recognizing the excellence of these awardees not only honors the accomplishments of passionate public lands enthusiasts, but increases understanding and appreciation of the opportunities, challenges and cutting-edge practices found across America’s public lands.

Award nominations generally may be submitted by any individual who cares deeply about public lands partnerships – APPL member organizations, other nonprofit organizations, land management agency employees, vendor partners and others.

The following awards honor the individuals and organizations that are key to the success and vibrancy of public lands partnerships:

Public Lands Partners Award
Recognizes an exemplary partnership for a stunning achievement to protect and preserve our public lands and enhance the experiences of their visitors and users. The award is presented in tandem to both the nonprofit and agency partners for their shared achievements.

DOWNLOAD the Public Lands Partners Award Nomination Form
Nomination fee: None

Agency Leadership Award
Recognizes a public land management agency employee for outstanding accomplishments in championing, cultivating and leading partnerships. The award is presented to an individual currently employed by a federal or state public land management agency. Click here to view previous awardees.

DOWNLOAD the Agency Leadership Award Nomination Form
Nomination fee: None

Corporate Stewardship Award

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

DOWNLOAD the Corporate Stewardship Award Nomination Form
Nomination fee: None

 

The following awards celebrate products, programs and initiatives created in partnership that enrich and enliven our public lands

Publication of the Year Award
Recognizes a book or other publication created in partnership by a nonprofit organization and a public land that embodies innovation in educating and interpreting public lands to its readers and impacts a substantial audience. Two awards are given annually based on the annual revenue of the nonprofit public lands partner that helped develop the product.

Nominees may be produced in any media (e.g. hardback, paperback and/or digital) and must have been published in calendar year 2013 or 2014.

DOWNLOAD the Publication of the Year Award Nomination Form
Nomination fee: $50 for APPL members and $75 for nonmembers

Innovative Product Award
Recognizes an interpretive product of any medium created in partnership by a nonprofit organization and a land management agency that embodies a path breaking approach to achieve a public lands mission. Eligible nominees include, but are not limited to, replica pottery, jewelry, mobile apps and clothing or outerwear.

Nominated products must have been published in calendar year 2013 or 2014.

DOWNLOAD the Innovative Product of the Year Award Nomination Form
Nomination fee: $50 for APPL members and $75 for nonmembers

Outstanding Public Engagement Awards
Recognizes exemplary products, displays, programs or services created in partnership by a nonprofit organization and a public land that advance meaningful and sustainable connections between individuals and America’s public lands.

Awards are given in two categories: one for products or displays, and one for programs or services. Examples of eligible nominees include, but are not limited to:

  • Products or Displays:  Trail guides and brochures, annual reports, capital campaign materials, campaign airport kiosks or retail displays, mobile apps and radio programs
  • Program or Service: Educational sessions, lecture series, conservation corps project, residential learning programs, membership or donor outreach initiatives

DOWNLOAD the Outstanding Public Engagement Awards Nomination Form
Nomination fee: $50 for APPL members and $75 for nonmembers


To submit a nomination, please send the appropriate form to awards@appl.org or via snail mail to:

APPL Awards Program
2401 Blueridge Avenue, Suite 303
Wheaton, MD 20902. 

For nominations that require a fee, please send a check payable to “APPL” at the address above.

Nominations are due on February 3, 2015.

Have questions? Contact Dan Puskar at (301) 946-9475 x221 or dpuskar@appl.org.