Leading by Example


We said ‘Yes, we’re going to do this, and do it now.’

~ Chris West, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust

Volunteers Achieve Accreditation

Board Chair Leads by Example

“The seal has enhanced our standing in the community. It demonstrates our dedication to our mission and our community.”

~ Clive Gray, Greensboro Land Trust

Why Accreditation Matters

Accreditation recognizes organizations for meeting national standards for excellence, upholding the public trust and ensuring that conservation efforts are permanent.

Evolution of a Land Trust

“We are committed to showing our supporters and citizenry that we are a solid, compliant and trustworthy organization. Accreditation would finally give us recognition of our efforts.”

~ Nancy Newman, Jefferson Land Trust

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Land Trust Accreditation - Highlights

Report on Accreditation Renewal - August 2014


The Commission met in August 2014 and awarded accreditation to first-time and renewal applicants as well as analyzed findings from the second round of renewal applications. It also analyzed assessment data about the renewal process. This analysis made it clear that there are many opportunities for the Commission to make program improvements to address land trust concerns about the costs of accreditation while at the same time meeting the goals of the accreditation program and maintaining the program’s integrity. The application findings, assessment summary, and progress report on improvements are discussed in more detail in this report.

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Fifty-Two Land Trusts Achieve Initial or Renewed Accreditation


Photo courtesy of Leelanau Conservancy/Ken Scott Photography

(August 26, 2014 | Saratoga Springs, NY) – Twenty-seven accredited land trusts successfully demonstrated their continued commitment to land trust excellence and voluntary accreditation and were recently awarded renewed land trust accreditation. Twenty-five additional land trusts were awarded accreditation for the first time, bringing the total number of accredited land trusts to 280. The awards were announced today by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

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In Memory of Cindy Hunt-Stowell


acc huntstowellLand Trust Accreditation Commissioner Cindy Hunt-Stowell passed away in her home in Southbury, Connecticut on July 31, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was a founding member of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, serving her third term. She helped establish many of the Commission’s internal systems and was a champion of continuous evaluation and improvement for the Commission and land trusts. She asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the accreditation endowment held by the Land Trust Alliance (The Berkley Endowment).

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Requirements Manual

As anticipated we have released the third edition of the Requirements Manual, recently approved by the Commission after careful deliberation and consideration of feedback from the land trust community. For more information, including a red-line version of the changes, click here . Land trusts in the application process or previously accredited will be contacted individually with this news, and all are invited to participate in the following webinars. 

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Report on Accreditation Renewal

(February 21, 2014 | Saratoga Springs, NY) – The Land Trust Accreditation Commission held its winter meeting in February 2014. At this meeting, the Commission awarded renewed accreditation for the first time, a major milestone in the accreditation program’s history! The Commission greatly appreciates the commitment of accredited land trusts to the program and on February 26 will be pleased to post a list of land trusts awarded renewed accreditation on its website.

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Keeping the Promise: Perpetuity and the Land Trust Accreditation Program