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As a PLF member, we encourage you to share your knowledge and expertise by volunteering to serve our organization and activities.

If you are interested in serving on the PLF Board of Directors or on any of our committees, please contact Beau McClure, Vice-President for Operations, at: vpops@publicland.org.

Ad-Hoc Committees: Take on special assignments, such as developing PLF position statements.

Awards Committee: Recognize outstanding individuals and groups for their work in public land management.

BLM Foundation Committee: Focuses on policies and legislation to form a BLM Foundation and identifies roles that the PLF can play in support of such Foundation.

BLM-PLF Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Committee: This committee works on developing MOUs with the BLM on how the two entities will coordinate on activities.

Board of Directors: Provides leadership for the PLF.

Communications Committee: Provide internal and external communications to increase the public’s and the membership’s understanding of PLF’s positions on public land management and members’ involvement in PLF activities.

Development Committee: Develop fundraising and membership activities to obtain the financial resources to implement PLF’s strategic plan.

George Lea Founder’s Scholarship Committee: Reviews scholarship applications and awards scholarships.

Government Liaison Committee: Coordinates activities to present PLF’s positions to members of Congress, the Administration, and BLM.

Grazing Regulations Committee: Reviews and develops recommendations in response to proposed changes to BLM’s livestock grazing regulations.

Historical Committee: Develops and maintains an archive of BLM history as a resource for (1) understanding the past, and (2) applying that information on a continuing basis to benefit the agency and the public.

Investments Committee: Manages PLF’s investments.

Membership Strategic Planning Committee: This committee focuses on identifying and implementing ways to grow PLF’s membership.

Strike Team: The Strike Team serves as a rapid response team to help the PLF react to urgent and time-sensitive issues.

Technology Tools Committee: This committee assesses PLF’s needs in the area of technology, advises the Board of Directors and officers about potential technologies that can assist the PLF and helps to establish and implement them.

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Help organize and conduct National Public Lands Day activities!

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands American’s enjoy. Events are held in late September each year. In 2014, more than 175,000 volunteers painted, planted, mulched and cleaned thousands of acres of public lands across the U.S. Volunteers served at more than 2,200 sites – at least one in every state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

PLF supports and participates in NPLD each year. In 2015, PLF contributed $2,500 of its own money

for NPLD projects to supplement $2,500 each from the BLM and the National Environmental Education

Foundation, for a total of $7,500.

BLM NPLD Site Coordinators—Do you need help with your project?

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Each year, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) and the BLM contribute $2,500 each to the PLF for distribution to approved BLM NPLD projects. These contributions are greatly appreciated by the PLF, the BLM office recipients and the volunteers that help so much with BLM NPLD projects. The PLF also contributes $2,500 of its own money to this program for a total available funding of $7,500.BLM offices can purchase services, supplies and materials that are needed for NPLD projects but are difficult for it to obtain through normal procurement processes. Food, water, work gloves, and small materials and supplies are examples of items that qualify for reimbursement under this program. Some restrictions do apply, including a maximum reimbursement limit of $400 per NPLD project.

No form is required. BLM NPLD Site Coordinators interested in applying for a reimbursement should contact Van Manning at vmanning@publicland.org. with the approved Site name, how much money is needed, and a description of the items to be purchased. Once approved, funds will be reserved until the items are purchased and receipts, or an invoice, are provided.

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Local Office Representatives serve as the PLF representative to a BLM district or field office. They assist PLF State Representatives by keeping up to date on public lands matters of interest to the PLF. Concurrently, they assist the BLM by offering the PLF’s knowledge and expertise on issues.If you are interested in serving as a PLF Local Office Representative, contact your PLF State Representative.

Land Use Planning: Take an active part in representing PLF’s positions in local lands use planning activities.

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BLM’s Resource Management Plans (RMPs) form the basis for every action and approved use on the public lands. The BLM prepares RMPs for areas of public lands, called planning areas, which tend to have similar resource characteristics. Planning emphasizes a collaborative environment in which local, state, and tribal governments, the public, user groups, and industry work with the BLM to identify appropriate multiple uses of the public lands. Plans are periodically revised as changing conditions and resource demands require.

RMPs are used by managers and the public to accomplish the following:

  1. Allocate resources and determine appropriate multiple uses for the public lands;
  2. Develop a strategy to manage and protect resources; and
  3. Establish systems to monitor and evaluate status of resources and effectiveness of management practices over time.

If you are interested in representing the PLF in land use planning activities, please contact your PLF State Representative.