The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) has announced the recipients of its 2021 Partnership Awards that celebrate the best in public lands partnerships. These awards honor individuals, organizations, publications, products, programs and services that embody leading edge achievements in the preservation of public lands and the enrichment the visitor experience.
This year Explore received the Corporate Stewardship Award. Explore was recognized as one of two outstanding corporate stewards from throughout the nation.
This prestigious award is well deserved. Without explore.org’s first grant to the Park, the Conservancy would not have been formed, certainly not for years to come. Without explore.org’s cameras, the world would not be addicted to watching brown coastal bears spend their summers seeking salmon meals at Katmai. Without explore.org’s partnership with the Park and the Conservancy, Katmai would not have the world-wide recognition it enjoys today.
There could not be a more supportive, trusting and generous partner than explore.org who along with the Conservancy has extended funds to the Park to hire interpretative rangers and digital media specialists for the bear cams and the Park, to purchase equipment, conduct bear research, and sponsor community events in nearby King Salmon and Naknek.
Since 1977 PLA has served as a unified, powerful community dedicated to the preservation, enrichment and enjoyment of America's most treasured places. PLA members serve over 675 public lands sites nationwide in cooperation with their land management agency partners, and they raise $250 million annually to support those lands.