Public Lands Interpretive Association

Since 1981, the Public Lands Interpretive Association (PLIA) has worked to inspire and educate the public about the natural and cultural heritage resources of America’s public lands.

We provide educational and interpretive materials to the public at PLIA sales outlets, in visitor centers, and other facilities, operate campground concessions on Kaibab National Forest, AZ, publish books and other educational materials, develop interpretive products, administer grants, operate Public Lands Information Centers in Arizona and New Mexico, develop, operate and maintain

Illegal campfires, excess trash, human waste mar Santa Fe National Forest

As more of us venture outdoors to enjoy our public lands, let's remember to to do so responsibly. Clean and dispose of waste properly, if you packed it in, pack it out. Be a good steward. We're all in this together, so let's all do our part to ensure the beauty and safety of our public lands for everyone to enjoy.
You can learn more about Leave No Trace Seven Principals Volunteers joined Santa Fe National Forest staff to clean up and clear out the garbage crowds of visitors had left over Memorial Day weekend.

Our bandanas are 100% cotton, they are educational, and you can cover your face with them.

Social distancing is still key but when you need some fresh air, how about a bandana?

Planning to get some fresh air by visiting public lands this holiday weekend? We've got your back, here are 7 simple principals to follow while enjoying our beautiful public lands. And a friendly reminder to keep local communities safe and healthy by avoiding areas that are heavily affected by the virus or could be easily overwhelmed with medical emergencies. Safe travels and practice #ResponsibleRecreation

OPINION | We can all respect NM's health and landscapes

As you venture outdoors this holiday weekend stay safe by continuing to social distance and practice responsible recreation.

#ResponsibleRecreation OPINION | Before COVID-19 engulfed New Mexico, many of us thought about the act of recreating casually. For so ...

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We're all in this together. Let's get outside and enjoy the places we love. Responsibly. Let's protect ourselves ... and those we love. Show us how you're engaging in #ResponsibleRecreation by posting your photos using the hashtag #ResponsibleRecreation!

Hey Burque! Heading outdoors for Memorial Day Weekend? Be Prepared. We've got books to help you decide where to go and hats and bandanas to provide safety and protection from the hot New Mexican sun.

Can you spot something strange among the cacti? Share your photos of interesting cacti.

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque

Looking for a new trail that’s close to home? 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Albuquerque offers a variety of hiking trails to scenic overlooks and wildlife hot spots in the Albuquerque area. While you are out exploring please remember to continue practicing social distancing and responsible stewardship.

Purchase the book here >>>

Here are a few trails we recommend from the book that are open and less congested than popular trails:

Petroglyph National Monument - Piedras Marcadas Trail, #7
Petroglyph National Monument - The Volcanos Trail, #8
Golden Open Space, #17
Cerrillos Hills State Park, #26
Mt Taylor - Gooseberry Spring Trail, #55
Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Bosque Trail, #13
Hidden Mountain Trail, #52 Get outdoors with local authors and hiking experts David Ryan and Stephen Ausherman with the new full-color edition of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque. These trails transport you to scenic overlooks, wildlife hot spots, and historical settings that renew your spirit and recharge your body. Men...

Javelinas Ate My Pumpkin...

Check out this Javelina Squadron chowing down! Did you know that a group of Javelina is called a squadron?! Join our Javelina Squadron and receive your very own Javie the Javelina plush to take on your own adventures! Tag us on social media!
#JavieSquad 🐽
*Make sure to check with local authorities before feeding any wildlife.

... and all I got was great video.

Javie out on an adventure near the Taos Box! Where will your adventures take you?
Tag your Javie adventures at #JavieSquad

Watch where you step! Sometimes the animals that live on public lands are hard to find, but you can always find their poop!

Enjoy this fun activity book while learning fun facts about the animals that in live in our backyard!

As restrictions ease and more people want to get outdoors here are a few local destinations to check out. Please recreate responsibly, be prepared and know before you go.

Public Lands Interpretive Association

May the Forest Be With You!

Celebrate May 4th with your very own “May the Forest Be With You” T-shirt! The Public Lands Interpretive Association inspires and educates the public about the natural and cultural heritage resources of America’s public lands. Your purchases support projects on public lands. Your dollars will directly enhance your experience and help preserve these special places for fut...

Navajo Nation orders another 57-hour weekend curfew; has issued 250+ curfew citations

As you adventure safely on public lands this weekend, please be mindful and respect the Navajo Nation's curfew. The Navajo Nation has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. If you do not live on the reservation, do not travel through the reservation or to public lands nearby at this time.

Let's all do our part to slow the spread of the pandemic and take care of our Southwest communities. #StayHomeSaveLives #AdventureSafely More than 250 curfew-violation citations were issued during the tribe's last three weekendlong curfews, according to police.

Kids stuck at home? Nature's Yucky is a great way for families to learn about why critters behave the way they do!

When the coronavirus lockdown is over, Cruces will be looking for you

Once it is safe to roam, have we got the place for you!! When at last New Mexicans are freed from COVID-19 bondage and allowed to roam their great state once ...

Javie finds a friend amidst blooming trumpet flowers in Tucson. Take time to enjoy spring while practicing social distancing! #javiesquad

Happy Friday Folks! Just a friendly reminder to stay safe while venturing outdoors. 😃👍

Javie the Javelina reminds us that our greatest public lands adventures await when we feel healthy and safe again.

In the meantime, join the Javelina Squadron and adventure with Javie in outdoor spaces close to home! By joining, you'll receive your very own Javie plush and your support will help PLIA continue operations.

Where will you and Javie go?? Use the hashtag #JavieSquad so we can follow along and re-post your adventures with Javie on this page!

Finance Manager - Los Ranchos, NM 87107 -

We're Hiring!

The Public Lands Interpretive Association (PLIA) is a not-for-profit cooperating association working in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the USDA Forest Service (Forest Service) in Arizona and New Mexico.

PLIA works to inspire and educate the public about the natural and cultural heritage resources of America’s public lands by providing information, products and services at visitor centers and online. Proceeds from retail sales enable PLIA to support partnership projects with the BLM and Forest Service that enhance the visitor experience and provide opportunities to enjoy recreational opportunities on public lands.

We are seeking a highly motivated and efficient Finance Manager to join our team. This position will manage day-to-day bookkeeping and reconciliation tasks for the organization, administer payroll and employee benefits. The position will also help fulfill office needs for the Albuquerque headquarters office and supply needs for PLIA stores. Organization: Public Lands Interpretive AssociationTitle: Finance ManagerLocation: Albuquerque, NMStatus: Full-TimeReports to: Executive Director

Mindful Steps to Celebrate Earth Day:

-- Go on a walk while practicing social distancing near home.
-- Pick up trash if you see any and dispose of trash properly.
-- Tread lightly and stay on trails to minimize damage to the resource.
-- Stay home if you don't feel well and only adventure when you feel healthy.

We're ready to answer your New Mexico public lands questions, Monday through Friday, 8am - 4:30pm! Visit to chat with us live!

Do you have questions about access, activities and which public lands are open in New Mexico? The New Mexico Public Lands Information Center is ready to help. Chat with them online or by phone, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (MST):

Spring is in full bloom in New Mexico! Follow the link below to see where you can find these desert beauties. Remember to practice responsible social distancing and stewardship.

Adventure Safely!

Itching to get outside this weekend?

BLM lands in New Mexico offer vast open spaces for you to explore but, please, adventure safely!

See our latest post from our New Mexico Public Lands Information Center Bill Tefft on how you can stay safe on public lands while practicing social distancing. Our public lands belong to all of us. Get out and explore! But first a few ground rules and tips for staying safe: Most of the public land in New Mexico is remote country. It is accessible from unimproved; sometimes four wheel drive, roads and tracks. Be prepared to be self-sufficient with water, fo...

How cool is this?! A bald eagle nesting in a saguaro cactus.

This surely makes us miss our visitor center store at Sabino Canyon Recreation Area in Tucson! If you have any bloomin' saguaro pics, we'd love to see them! 🌵

How Arizona is this!?
Our state’s first documented bald eagle nest in a saguaro cactus! 🦅🌵🤩
For 18 years, our biologist Tuk Jacobson has kept an eye out for bald eagles nesting in a cactus with no luck - until now! Not only do they have a nest, they have eaglets, too. 🐣 Historic records from the 1930s mention an eagle’s nest in a saguaro, but without documentation or photographic proof - so this sighting from a recent aerial survey is very exciting! Who says a cactus can’t be cozy 😆

Meet one of the newest members of the Javelina Squadron! Anne is a registered nurse who is helping test people for COVID-19 through the University of New Mexico.

Thank you, Anne, for keeping our community safe! We're glad you have your very own Javie. Every superhero needs a sidekick! ❤️

Do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds like our furry friend.

Visiting the desert garden, Javie finds he's not the only javelina in town...

Join the Javelina Squadron to continue Javie's adventures.

It's winter again in New Mexico! Mother Nature gave us another reason to stay indoors today. #StayHome #SaveLives

This holiday weekend, many people will likely head outdoors. BLM lands provide opportunities for wide open spaces but please act responsibly!

Practice social distancing, limit the number of people in your group, wash your hands, and stay home if you don't feel well!

See below for more tips from the BLM.

With more visitors heading out to #publiclands this #Easter weekend, it’s more important than ever to Leave No Trace (Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics) to ensure you are recreating responsibly and sustainably. Plan ahead and prepare. Travel and camp on durable surfaces. Dispose of waste properly. Leave what you find. Minimize campfire impacts. Respect wildlife. Be considerate of other visitors. Learn more: In addition, please remember to #SocialDistance, follow all guidelines by the CDC and check community and state rules where you live before heading out. Ensure availability with your local BLM office.

Javier the Javelina can’t wait to get back into the camper and head out for some adventures on public lands!
Be safe out there friends. #JavieSquad

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Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM

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Starlet Dance Studio Starlet Dance Studio
6528 4th St NW
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Wildbunch Management Wildbunch Management
1010 Candelaria Road NW
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