gca2The Grand Canyon Association (GCA), the non-profit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, has received two national awards for its work.

 The Public Lands Alliance, formerly known as the Association of  Partners for Public Lands, presented the GCA with awards for Innovative Product of the Year and Publication of the Year.

 The Innovative Product Award recognizes an interpretive product created in partnership by a nonprofit organization and a land management agency. The GCA received the Innovative Product Award for “Pottery Inspired by Artifacts of the Ancestral Puebloans of the Colorado Plateau.”

 The judges wrote: “It is an excellent example of park partners working together to capture the history and culture of the park with replicas from actual artifacts that are not only beautiful but can be used today.”

 GCA also was honored for Publication of the Year in the category of groups with annual revenue higher than $1.5 million. The award was given for a book by Grand Canyon Association and famed architect Mary Jane Colter describing the Desert View Watchtower.

 In the presenting the award, the judges said this about the book: “A fascinating example of interpretation, partnership and park values, this publication revives the architect’s explanation of the re-creation of the Indian watchtower at Desert View 85 years ago for park guides and visitors. As the park returns the site to how the architect envisioned it, and adds an artist demonstration series and other interpretive programming, this book has new significance as an authentic, informative foundation that is remarkably current.”

 “We are extremely honored to receive these awards from the Public Lands Alliance,” said Grand Canyon Association Chief Executive Officer Susan Schroeder.  “This is a recognition of the great work being done by everyone at the GCA and our generous members who support us.”

 The Grand Canyon Association was one of 12 organizations, agencies and corporate partners to be honored by the Public Lands Alliance.

 “The quality of this year’s nominations and submissions was outstanding,” said Public Lands Alliance Executive Director Dan Puskar. “They so clearly demonstrate the vitality and passion in today’s public lands partnerships and deserve recognition for being truly innovative, creative as well as collaborative.”

 The Partnership Awards Program celebrates 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.