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Partnership header Great Sand Dunes staff with partners (USFS, Bureau of Reclamation, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, NatureServe and The Nature Conservancy) on the close out meeting for a newly completed map and classification of the park and surrounding area’s vegetation

Proper and timely recognition of our partnership achievements, our partners and our staff is both a responsibility and important ingredient for success. Visibility, ceremony and celebration ensure a sense that the partners are involved in a significant and worthwhile endeavor. If done well, recognition motivates higher levels of commitment between the partners and in taking on the additional challenges.

Recognition is NPS is guided partly by our requirements to officially acknowledge gifts and donations. Equally important, we all know how much appreciation and celebration enriches our everyday relationships. So to the extent NPS can be creative and constructive in recognizing major milestones and events in our partnerships, we will strengthen our partnerships.

There are policy constraints and guidelines especially regarding any appearance of conflict of interest, corporate advertising and crowding parks environments with donor plaques. The bottom line is that there is a lot of opportunity for creativity in recognition of our partners.

This page presents those guidelines along with ideas and examples of donor recognition including displays, exhibits and signage.

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