Land Trusts Achieve Professional Excellence
Accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission is a national mark of distinction which ensures conservational excellence for public lands.
Recently, nearly three dozen public land trusts were granted accreditation by the Commission, whether it be for the first time or for renewal.
The Commission is an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, an organization dedicated to national land conservation looking to preserve the places which Americans love. Each accredited land trust is subject to extensive documentation standards and must be put through careful review when being considered for accreditation or renewal of accreditation. Because the process is extremely meticulous and success is not guaranteed to applicants, the procedure helps guarantee the longevity of lands valued by locals and all Americans alike.
Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, had this to say about the newly-accredited and newly-renewed land trusts:
"We welcome the 18 land trusts that have today earned first-time accreditation and the 16 land trusts that received renewed accreditation. Their accomplishments are a testament to all we can achieve for our communities when we work together."
Rand Wentworth, president of the Land Trust Alliance, also welcomed the announcement:
"Accredited land trusts are the brightest stars in the constellation of land trusts, and they have earned national recognition for their commitment to excellence and public trust."
The first-time inductees into the hall of accreditation are as follows:
|Riverside Land Conservancy||California|
|Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust||Connecticut|
|Georgia Piedmont Land Trust||Georgia|
|Palouse Land Trust||Idaho|
|Land Trust for Louisiana||Louisiana|
|Harpswell Heritage Land Trust||Maine|
|Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay||Maine|
|Orono Land Trust||Maine|
|Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust||Maine|
|Massachusetts Audubon Society||Massachusetts|
|Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation||Massachusetts|
|Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy||Michigan|
|Champlain Area Trails||New York|
|Greene Land Trust||New York|
|Western New York Land Conservancy||New York|
|Wolf River Conservancy||Tennessee|
|Natural Heritage Land Trust||Wisconsin|
The land trusts receiving renewed accreditation are:
|Center for Natural Lands Management||California|
|Black Canyon Regional Land Trust||Colorado|
|Montezuma Land Conservancy||Colorado|
|Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust||Colorado|
|Alachua Conservation Trust||Florida|
|Oconee River Land Trust||Georgia|
|Montana Land Reliance||Montana|
|The Land Conservancy of New Jersey||New Jersey|
|Conservation Trust for North Carolina||North Carolina|
|Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy||North Carolina|
|McKenzie River Trust||Oregon|
|Lancaster County Conservancy||Pennsylvania|
|Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation||Tennessee|
|Northeast Wilderness Trust||Vermont|
|Stowe Land Trust||Vermont|
|Jackson Hole Land Trust||Wyoming|
The total number of accredited land trusts changes as a result variables such as consolidation among land trusts. You can click here for the most current list.