About Us

The Public Lands Interpretive Association (PLIA) is a 501 c(3) nonprofit that supports public lands in Arizona and New Mexico through education and service.

PLIA partners with the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service to develop and sell educational publications, products and maps at 10 visitor center and office stores, operates campgrounds in the Kaibab National Forest and provides visitor information at the Public Lands Information Center in Santa Fe, NM.

Our Mission

Inspire and educate the public about the natural and cultural heritage resources of America's public lands.

Our Vision

Public Lands: treasured, protected, and explored.

Board Leadership

  • Kelly Collins, Board Chair
  • Rochelle Larson, Vice Chair
  • Diane Soulder, Secretary
  • Libby Foster, Treasurer
  • Bob St. John, Board Member
  • Jerold G. Widdison, Board Member

Meet the Staff

PLIA staff provide exceptional customer service and information to public lands visitors.
In addition to the staff listed here, PLIA employs 25 full, part-time and seasonal employees on public lands in Arizona and New Mexico.
Amanda Keith
Executive Director
Albuquerque Home Office
Diane Arbuckle
Office Manager
Albuquerque Home Office
Sean Foster
Retail Operations
Albuquerque Home Office
Bill Tefft
Manager
New Mexico
Public Lands Information Center
Steve Collins
New Mexico
Public Lands Information Center
Jeanne Hartman
Palisades Visitor Center
Julia Ives
Rio Grande del Norte
Visitor Center
Judy Scharringhausen
Bookstore Manager
Sabino Canyon Visitor Center
Bill Toon
Campground Manager
Southwest Recreation