Accreditation's return on investment is real

Walking in to a perfectly polished, on-message, visually stunning deliverable on the first day of a new job is pretty much the dream for anyone who works in communications. So when I was asked, "Do you think you could promote our new return on investment video," the answer was simple.

March 13, 2020

Giving back to the community

While she credits her parents with instilling in her a love of nature, Karen Ferrell-Ingram was reinspired almost 20 years ago when she and her husband realized they had built a home within an important deer migration corridor.

At its July 2019 meeting, the Land Trust Accreditation Commission paused for a photo. / Photo by Valerie Roof
January 10, 2020

Loud, proud and accredited

Your land trust has earned accreditation, you've run around the office high-fiving everyone, and it's time to take a breather after all the hard work. But wait, how will you market your new status?

Photo courtesy of Land Trust of North Alabama

Agency partners value accreditation

Does accreditation increase public confidence in land trusts? "Yes" finds a new report evaluating the impact of the first 10 years of the accreditation program.

Multiple partners worked with the accredited Bitter Root Land Trust to protect the Lazy J Cross Ranch in Montana. / Photo by Kyle Barber
February 07, 2019

How accreditation improved us

When one of our board members talks about how accreditation improved Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust, she talks about it earnestly.

Photo courtesy of Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust / Photo by Steve Thomas

More than challenges, crises are opportunities

Conservation easements come in all shapes and sizes. And while managing any easement is challenging, managing one that allows for development is especially so.

Broad Cove Reserve / Photo courtesy of Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust

It can't be done? Oh, yes it can

Knight's Pond is truly special to all of us at the accredited Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust. It features a 46-acre pond, hilly terrain, hiking trails, valuable wildlife habitat and a view of Casco Bay in the distance.

Knight's Pond Preserve / Photo by Kevin Bruise Photography, courtesy of Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust
February 28, 2018

Don't miss the boat

There are only a few days left to have your voice heard during this pivotal moment for the accreditation program.

The Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina with their 2010 accreditation application. / Courtesy of the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina
September 25, 2017

Looking ahead on accreditation

You may have noticed some recent updates to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission's website and applicant materials.

Photo by Kathleen Rice

What accreditation has done for us

Achieving accreditation assures both our easement and financial donors of our integrity, professionalism and capacity.

The June 2012 25th anniversary event held by Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust. / Photo courtesy of Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust

May flowers

The old expression "April showers bring May flowers" doesn't just apply to the springtime calendar. It also rings true for land trust accreditation. 

Photo by Valerie Roof

'How can I help you?'

Many people call the Land Trust Accreditation Commission’s help desk looking for information or trying to solve a problem. And it’s easy to understand why. Those calls can be real money savers.

Jennifer Brady-Connor / Photo by DJ Glisson, II/Firefly Imageworks

Boosted morale

"People take pride in participating in the work of a land trust that has high standards. It adds to morale."

Monadnock Conservancy staff / Photo courtesy of Monadnock Conservancy
October 14, 2016

A Stronger Land Trust Movement

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust finds that accreditation makes their organization — and the land trust movement — stronger.

Photo courtesy of Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust

Protection against future challenges

Accreditation helped Tall Timbers Land Conservancy when it mattered most.

Photo courtesy of Tall Timbers Land Conservancy

The importance of a national standard

Open Space Institute saw the value in a national standard that helps land trusts of all sizes uphold the highest standards and practices.

Photo courtesy of Open Space Institute

A smooth transition

Land Trust Standards and Practices have withstood the test of time amazingly well. First issued in 1989 and last revised over 10 years ago, the Land Trust Alliance’s current effort to take a fresh look at the Standards will ensure they reflect how land trusts need to operate now and in years ahead.

Jean Hocker / Photo courtesy of Phil Hocker

An incredible journey

April 3 marked the tenth birthday of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission – and what an incredible journey we’ve had together with the land trust community!

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission started with 13 commissioners and two staff, as seen in this 2006 photo / Photo courtesy of Land Trust Accreditation Commission

Nature calls

The dreaded applicant conference call. Of the entire accreditation process, we thought that this part would be the toughest. It turned out to be a triumph.

Frostbottom local to Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts / Photo courtesy of Adam Moore
March 14, 2016

Accreditation with an assist

“What are the benefits of accreditation?” It’s a question Colchester Land Trust board members have heard often since receiving accreditation in February 2015.

Photo courtesy of Andy George
January 29, 2016

Shared aspirations

Three milestones mark my path to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission: our still family-owned West Virginia farm; escaping private law practice’s billable hour tyranny; and the Land Trust Alliance trusting me to teach a Rally workshop.

January 20, 2016

A new direction

Rally. Baltimore. 2001. My life was about to change.

Photo courtesy of Dan Cline
January 07, 2016

A stamp of credibility

Public-private partnerships are critical to the work of Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. The organization preserves Northern Virginia’s natural areas in part by helping Arlington County, Fairfax County and the city of Alexandria carry out the commitments to open space protection outlined in their comprehensive plans.

Peggy Stevens and Nancy Hyde of Northern Virginia Land Trust/Photo courtesy of Northern Virginia Land Trust
December 09, 2015

Accreditation know-how in minutes

There isn’t enough time in the day to complete all your regular duties. Throw a Land Trust Accreditation Commission application into the mix and you need to get creative with your time management. That’s why we developed a series of short video tutorials

November 02, 2015

A guide during transition

Accreditation helped Greenbelt Land Trust in a time of rapid organizational change.

Photo courtesy of Greenbelt Land Trust
October 27, 2015

Assurance for landowners

In her work at Upstate Forever to protect special places in the Upstate region of South Carolina, Erin Jordan Knight has encountered landowners who understandably question how they can be sure that future enforcers of their easements will be fair.

Upstate Forever, The Nature Conservancy and Naturaland Trust partnered to protect this 2,208 acre property/© Mac Stone
September 23, 2015