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The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a program promoting public trust and ensuring permanence in the conservation of American lands, announced today that 34 land trusts across the United States have achieved initial or renewed accreditation. When counted alongside previously accredited organizations, 317 land trusts are now committed to professional excellence
“In the nine years since the Land Trust Accreditation Commission was incorporated, hundreds of land trusts have earned the national mark of distinction that is accreditation,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “We welcome the 18 land trusts that have today earned first-time accreditation and the 16 land trusts that received renewed accreditation. Their accomplishments are a testament to all we can achieve for our communities when we work together.
Land trusts achieving first-time accreditation are Riverside Land Conservancy (California), Access Fund (Colorado), Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust (Connecticut), Georgia Piedmont Land Trust (Georgia), Palouse Land Trust (Idaho), Land Trust for Louisiana (Louisiana), Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (Maine), Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay (Maine), Orono Land Trust (Maine), Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust (Maine), Massachusetts Audubon Society (Massachusetts), Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation (Massachusetts), Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy (Michigan), Champlain Area Trails (New York), Greene Land Trust (New York), Western New York Land Conservancy (New York), Wolf River Conservancy (Tennessee) and Natural Heritage Land Trust (Wisconsin)
Land trusts achieving renewed accreditation are Center for Natural Lands Management (California), Black Canyon Regional Land Trust (Colorado), Montezuma Land Conservancy (Colorado), Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (Colorado), Alachua Conservation Trust (Florida), Oconee River Land Trust (Georgia), Montana Land Reliance (Montana), The Land Conservancy of New Jersey (New Jersey), Conservation Trust for North Carolina (North Carolina), Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (North Carolina), McKenzie River Trust (Oregon), Lancaster County Conservancy (Pennsylvania), Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation (Tennessee), Northeast Wilderness Trust (Vermont), Stowe Land Trust (Vermont) and Jackson Hole Land Trust (Wyoming).
The total number of accredited land trusts fluctuates due to factors such as consolidation among land trusts. For the most current list, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org.
The Commission is an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. Rand Wentworth, the Alliance’s president, applauded today’s announcement.
“At a time when competition for donor dollars is intense, these 18 newly accredited land trusts join other accredited groups in positioning themselves as excellent stewards of both land and money,” he said. “Accredited land trusts are the brightest stars in the constellation of land trusts, and they have earned national recognition for their commitment to excellence and public trust.”
Each accredited land trust meets extensive documentation requirements and undergoes a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation or renewal application. The process is detailed and thorough and, while success is not guaranteed to applicants, the process helps transform land trusts. More information about the process and benefits are detailed at www.landtrustaccreditation.org.
About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, based in Saratoga Springs, New York, inspires excellence, promotes public trust and ensures permanence in the conservation of open lands by recognizing land trust organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and that strive for continuous improvement. The Commission, established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. More information about the Commission is available at www.landtrustaccreditation.org.
About the Land Trust Alliance
Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents 1,200 member land trusts supported by more than 5 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and operates several regional offices.