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Friends of HVNP & Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Earn National Award for Public Lands Partnership

March 11, 2015

The nonprofit group Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (FHVNP), and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, received the Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL) 2015 Partnership Award for Public Lands Partners.

According to the APPL, the Public Lands Partners Award recognizes “an exemplary partnership for a stunning achievement to protect and preserve our public lands and enhance the experiences of their visitors and users.” The award is presented in tandem to both the nonprofit and agency partners for their shared achievements.

Youth Ranger training for search and rescue missions

Funds raised by the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park support many park programs, including the youth ranger internship program. Shown here, Youth Ranger Fernando Ramangmou trains for search and rescue missions in the park. NPS Photo/David Boyle.

“We rely on the support of our Friends group, which is vital to the success of many park programs, including the Youth Ranger Program, now in its sixth year, and the upcoming BioBlitz and Biodiversity & Cultural Festival in May,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “It is wonderful to be recognized for such a positive and essential partnership,” she said.

Youth rangers in maintenance

Park facilities and grounds maintenance supervisor, Danny Ortiz and youth rangers for the Maintenance division. NPS Photo/David Boyle

Because of the partnership, nearly 140 high school students in Ka‘ū and Puna have landed paid internships in the park since 2010, and thousands of island residents, visitors, and schoolchildren will be able to participate with scientists in discovering the unique biodiversity of the park.

The organization’s mission is to support the park in the protection, preservation, and interpretation of the natural and cultural resources for the enjoyment of current and future generations. It has raised more than $700,000 for the national park since 2009.

FHVNP Executive Director Elizabeth Fien displays the APPL Award shared with Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for Public Lands Partnership.

FHVNP Executive Director Elizabeth Fien displays the APPL Award shared with Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for Public Lands Partnership.

“We are honored to share this award with Hawai‘i Volcanoes National park,” said Elizabeth Fien, Executive Director of the FHVNP. “We have a very collaborative partnership that exemplifies the way nonprofits should work with public land agencies,” she said.

The APPL Partnership Awards celebrate the best in public lands partnerships, recognizing individuals, organizations, publications, products, programs and services that embody leading edge achievements in the preservation of public lands and the enrichment of visitors.

Natalie Pfeifer FHVNP Board President, Elizabeth Fien Executive Director, Dan Puskar Executive Director APPL at awards ceremony in San Francisco, February 2015

Natalie Pfeifer FHVNP Board President(left), Elizabeth Fien Executive Director for FHVNP (right), and Dan Puskar Executive Director APPL, in Atlanta, GA at the annual APPL Convention and Trade Show in February.

For over 35 years, APPL has served as the national voice for nonprofit public lands partners and has strengthened its membership through education, information sharing and representation. Its membership is comprised of nonprofit organizations whose missions embrace a vibrant future for the nation’s natural and cultural heritage.

Mmm, ono!

Youth ranger Tyler Amoral serves up authentic Hawaiian food at the park’s 2013 Hawaiian Cultural Festival, with Ranger Travis Delimont. The annual cultural festival is co-sponsored by the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

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  1. March 13, 2015 3:42 pm

    It is wonderful to see all the events taking place. Hurrah for World Heritage Site and Hawaii Volcanoes !

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