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

Quick Links

Land Trust Accreditation - Highlights

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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Renewal Applicant User Manual

Are you a renewal applicant? Access the User Manual and online application »


Thirty-Three Land Trusts Achieve Initial or Renewed Accreditation


Photo courtesy of North Branch Land Trust

(February 26, 2014 | Saratoga Springs, NY) – Sixteen accredited land trusts successfully demonstrated their continued commitment to land trust excellence and voluntary accreditation and were recently awarded renewed land trust accreditation. Seventeen additional land trusts were awarded accreditation for the first time, bringing the total number of accredited land trusts to 254. The awards were announced today by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

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Keeping the Promise: Perpetuity and the Land Trust Accreditation Program