Seventeen New Land Trusts Accredited
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Director of Communications, Land Trust Alliance
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Growing Number Reaches 130
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congratulations to the 17 newly accredited land trusts that have just been awarded accreditation! This brings the total number of land conservation groups from across the country having earned this important distinction to 130, demonstrating to landowners, the conservation community and others that the land they protect today will remain protected tomorrow.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, made the announcement February 9, 2011.
Each land trust in this newly accredited group fills an important niche in their community and represents the diversity and creativity in protecting the places that give meaning to our lives. This group ranges from three all-volunteer land trusts working in New England to an organization working nationally to protect and restore wetland habitats. Each made a significant commitment of time and money to demonstrate the importance of meeting national standards for excellence, upholding the public’s trust and ensuring that conservation efforts are permanent— the common threads among all accredited groups.
“Congratulations to the 130 land trusts that have been awarded accreditation,” said Rand Wentworth, president of the Land Trust Alliance. “This is a significant milestone and proves that land trusts of every size and from every region have what it takes to earn the public’s trust, as well as the confidence of Congress and the IRS who have granted land conservation special tax incentives.”