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Six Newly Accredited Land Conservation Groups Join Growing Number Accredited by Commission

May 27, 2009 | Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to the six land trusts that have just been awarded accreditation! This brings the total number of land conservation groups from across the country that have earned this important distinction to 59. All are members of the Land Trust Alliance.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, made the announcement May 27.

The group of newly accredited land trusts includes land trusts protecting vast forests in Maine, wind-swept prairies in South Dakota and Nebraska, coastal bluffs and ranches in southern California, pristine watersheds in Washington and Wisconsin, and rolling Ohio farms. What they all have in common is their proven commitment to meeting national standards for excellence, upholding the public trust and ensuring that conservation efforts are permanent.

“The success of these land trusts directly depends on retaining the public’s trust, as well as the confidence of Congress and the IRS who have granted land conservation special tax incentives,” said Rand Wentworth, president of the Land Trust Alliance. “Accreditation is one way to demonstrate to the public that land trusts are operating at the highest standards.”

Read the press release from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission >>

Learn more about the six newly accredited land trusts >>

See a list of all 59 accredited land trusts that have been accredited since the fall of 2008 >>

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