National Public Lands Day 2009: Site Proposals and Funding Information; DD: 02/13/2009

IB 2009-035
Information Bulletin

December 8, 2008

In Reply Refer To:
1114 (172) P

Information Bulletin No. 2009-035

To: AFOs

From: Director, National Landscape Conservation System & Community Partnerships

Subject: National Public Lands Day 2009: Site Proposals and Funding Information
DD: 02/13/2009

The purposes of this Information Bulletin are to request information on BLM’s National Public Lands Day (NPLD) 2009 site proposals and to provide funding information for NPLD 2009.

We are happy to report that for NPLD 2008, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offices hosted events at more than 120 sites in 18 states, enlisting the help of thousands of NPLD volunteers. It is noteworthy that for each NPLD for the past decade, BLM’s project representation has been at or near the top among the participating Federal agencies; we sincerely appreciate the State and Field Office efforts that have made BLM’s record so outstanding.
The date for NPLD 2009 is Saturday, September 26, 2009. Our goal for NPLD 2009 is to have BLM offices once again host 120 or more sites nationwide. Each State Office and Center will receive funding (specific amount to be determined) based on the number of NPLD events nominated, to distribute among NPLD sites as the State or Center Director sees fit. We also encourage States and Centers to leverage BLM funding through local partner contributions to enable hosting of additional sites.

We request that once NPLD 2009 sites have been selected and/or approved by the State or Center Director, you provide all required information for each site on an NPLD 2009 Site Information Form (attached). We realize that your NPLD staff (volunteer coordinators, past NPLD site coordinators, and/or others) may have already input project information into BLM’s Budget Planning System (BPS). However, since BLM’s NPLD partners—including the National Environmental Education Foundation and the Public Lands Foundation—require information not addressed in BPS project forms, we must rely on our usual BLM Site Information Forms to fill in gaps. Please note that sites/projects that have not yet been entered in BPS may still be proposed at this time using the attached form. Please provide as much detail as possible in each section of the form, and feel free to add additional information or site photos at the end of the form, as desired.

Please consolidate your forms at the State or Center level and e-mail them, if possible in one batch, to Bibi Booth ( of the Division of Education, Interpretation & Partnerships (WO-172) by February 13, 2009. Funding for NPLD events will be disbursed to State Offices and Centers around the end of March (mid-year in the Budget cycle). At that time, your State or Center Budget Officer will be provided the NPLD 2009 special project code (usually the simple code “NPLD”) and information regarding subactivities against which your State or Center’s NPLD 2009 charges should be made. Please note that accurate coding of NPLD charges is critical to our ability to justify receiving BLM central funding for future NPLD events. )

We look forward to a highly successful, productive National Public Lands Day 2009. Should you have any questions, or should you need assistance in site selection or form preparation, please feel free to e-mail or call Bibi at, (202) 452-5093.

Signed by: Authenticated by:
Elena Daly, Director Robert M. Williams
National Landscape Conservation System & Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Community Partnerships

1 Attachment
1 – NPLD 2009 Site Information Form (3 pp)


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