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Six Land Trusts Achieve Accreditation

Photo courtesy of Chelan-Douglas Land Trust

207 Accredited Land Trusts Nationwide

(April 24, 2013 | Saratoga Springs, NY) – Six organizations were recently awarded the national distinction of land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, making a total of 207 land trusts nationwide. (A list of the newly accredited organizations follows this release.)

“This round of accreditation decisions represents another significant milestone for the accreditation program; the 207 accredited land trusts account for more than half of the 20,645,165 acres currently owned in fee or protected by a conservation easement held by a land trust,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “Accreditation provides the public with an assurance that accredited land trusts meet high standards for quality and that the results of their conservation work are permanent.”

Across the country, local citizens and communities have come together to form more than 1,700 land trusts to save the places they love. Community leaders from land trusts throughout the country have worked with willing landowners to save over 47 million acres of farms, forests, parks and places people care about, including land transferred to public agencies and protected via other means. This conserved land helps create vibrant communities that are healthy place to live, work and play.

“Land trusts are gaining higher profiles with their work on behalf of citizens and the seal of accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission is a way to prove to their communities that land trusts are worthy of the significant public and private investment in land conservation,” noted Land Trust Alliance President Rand Wentworth.

Each accredited land trust submitted extensive documentation and underwent a rigorous review. “Through accreditation land trusts conduct important planning and make their operations more efficient and strategic,” said Van Ryn. “Accredited organizations have engaged and trained citizen conservation leaders and improved systems for ensuring that their conservation work is permanent.”
Accredited land trusts span the country from Alaska to Florida and Maine to Hawai’i. What all have in common is a proven commitment to meeting national standards for excellence, upholding the public trust and ensuring that conservation efforts are permanent.

Land Trusts Accredited April 2013
The Commission recently announced the accreditation of six land trusts. These groups bring the total number of accredited land trusts to 207, accounting for 51% of all acres currently owned in fee or protected by a conservation easement held by a land trust. See the complete list of accredited land trusts .

About The Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, awards the accreditation seal to community institutions that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Commission is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. More information is available on the Commission’s website, www.landtrustaccreditation.org.

About The Land Trust Alliance
The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation group that works to save the places people love by strengthening conservation throughout America. It works to increase the pace and quality of conservation by advocating favorable tax policies, training land trusts in best practices and working to ensure the permanence of conservation in the face of continuing threats. 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the Alliance. The Alliance publishes Land Trust Standards and Practices and provides financial and administrative support to the Commission. It has established an endowment to help ensure the success of the accreditation program and keep it affordable for land trusts of all sizes to participate in accreditation. More information can be found at www.landtrustalliance.org.

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