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December 15, 2009
In Reply Refer To:
1114 (172) P
 Information Bulletin No. 2010-022
To:                   AFOs
From:               Director, National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnerships
Subject:           National Public Lands Day 2010:  Request for Project Proposals
DD: 02/12/2010
The purpose of this Information Bulletin is to request information on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Public Lands Day (NPLD) 2010 project proposals.
We are happy to report that for NPLD 2009, BLM offices hosted projects and events at more than 110 sites in 18 states, enlisting the help of thousands of NPLD volunteers.  It is noteworthy that on each NPLD for more than a decade, the BLM’s project representation has been at or near the top among participating Federal agencies; we sincerely appreciate the State and Field Office efforts that have made the BLM’s record so outstanding.
The date for NPLD 2010 is Saturday, September 25, 2010, and our goal is to have BLM offices once again host 110 or more sites nationwide. As next year also marks the tenth anniversary of the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS), NPLD 2010 offers a perfect opportunity to showcase the NLCS as a system, enhance individual NLCS units through the efforts of NPLD volunteers, promote the scientific and recreational attributes of NLCS lands, and educate the public about NLCS management issues. We encourage you to consult with your State’s NLCS 10th Anniversary Lead (see list in Attachment 1) about opportunities to link NPLD projects and events with NLCS locales and planned 10th Anniversary activities.
Each State Office and Center will receive NPLD funding (specific amount to be determined) based on the number of proposed projects and events, 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 2010 sites have been selected and approved by the State or Center Director, you provide all required information for each site on an NPLD 2010 Site Information Form (Attachment 2). Please note that the form has changed slightly since last year; blue text indicates additions.
We realize that your NPLD leads (Volunteer Coordinators, past NPLD site coordinators, and/or others) may have already input project information into the BLM’s Budget Planning System (BPS).  However, since the 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 completed BLM NPLD Site Information Forms to fill in gaps.  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 group, to Bibi Booth (Bibi_Booth@blm.gov), Deputy Chief, Division of Education, Interpretation and Partnerships (WO-172), by February 12, 2010.  Funding for NPLD events will be disbursed to State Offices and Centers at mid-year.  At that time, your State or Center Budget Officer will be provided the NPLD 2010 special project code (usually the simple code “NPLD”) and information regarding subactivities against which your State or Center’s NPLD 2010 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 2010.  Should you have any questions, or should you need assistance in project/site selection or form preparation, please feel free to contact Bibi at Bibi_Booth@blm.gov or (202) 912-7451.
Signed by:                                                                   Authenticated by:
Carl Rountree                                                              Robert M. Williams
Director, National Landscape Conservation                Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
    System and Community Partnerships
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Last updated: 12-16-2009