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Washington, D.C. 20240
April 15, 2011
In Reply Refer To:
1114 (172) P
Information Bulletin No. 2011-044
To:                  All Field Officials
                       Attn: Interpretive Leads
From:              Director, Office of the National Landscape Conservation System and
                       Community Partnerships
Subject:          Request for Submission of Cooperating/Interpretive Association Reports for
                       Calendar Year 2009                                                                DD: 05/15/2011
Cooperating/interpretive associations are private, non-profit, federally tax-exempt organizations that assist Federal agencies by operating sales areas within visitor centers, interpretive information centers, public rooms, and other government facilities. The net profits from sales are often used to develop interpretive and educational products and supply materials for special events. 
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requires that all cooperating/interpretive associations operating under formal cooperative or assistance agreements file annual reports based on association records and the data contained in Internal Revenue Service Form 990, “Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax.” The purpose of this Information Bulletin is to request documentation on monetary and non-monetary contributions provided to the BLM by cooperating/interpretive associations during the 2009 calendar year.  Because of recent staff turnover in the Washington Office, the request for 2009 information is significantly overdue. 
The BLM and other Federal land management agencies have worked with the cooperating/ interpretive association community to develop a unified reporting form entitled “Annual Report of Operations and Aid to Federal Land Management Agencies,” included here as Attachment 1. This consolidated form outlines reporting requirements and provides a standard report format.   Please note that there is also a separate section of the form designed to specifically account for association services that are not direct financial aid. 
We are also requesting that each BLM office with formal cooperating/interpretive association agreements provide a short narrative summary of association activities that occurred in 2009. The narrative should highlight three noteworthy association-related events or achievements and be limited to 500 words. Please include photographs, if possible (digital only), and follow the attached style guide (Attachment 2) when writing the narrative.
Attachment 3 is a sample letter that BLM Field Officials may use to contact cooperating/ interpretive associations in their jurisdictions to request reports. 
Completed forms, narratives, and photos must be submitted by May 15, 2011, to BLM National Lead for Interpretation Brianna Candelaria via second-day Federal Express to the address below or by email to BCandela@blm.gov
Brianna Candelaria
Bureau of Land Management
20 M Street, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Brianna Candelaria, National Lead for Interpretation, at (202) 912-7583.
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: 04-22-2011