APPL completes 25 years of service as a partner to the NPS and five years serving multiple federal and state agencies. Interagency efforts are strengthened with APPL’s participation on the planning committee for the Joint Ventures: Partners in Stewardship multi-agency conference held in Los Angeles. A new APPL Media and Partnership Awards program is launched, with awards presented at the annual convention in St. Louis, Missouri.
APPL engages its membership and partners in a strategic planning process, culminating with a planning forum in Mesa, Arizona in October involving representatives from 23 member organizations. A new mission of “fostering stewardship and appreciation of public lands and historic sites through effective partnerships” is to be achieved through five focus areas that include: capacity building; collective representation; information sharing and dialogue; marketing and public awareness; and membership, operations and governance.