The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Granby Land Trust is applying for renewal of its accreditation. A public comment period is now open.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. Four years ago, the Granby Land Trust became one of the first land trusts in Connecticut to be accredited by the Land Trust Alliance.
Accreditation is a mark of distinction and is awarded to land trusts meeting the highest national standards for excellence and conservation permanence, including strong ethical practices, fiscal accountability, strong organizational leadership, sound transactions, and lasting stewardship of the lands they conserve. “Achieving accreditation proves our deep commitment to land conservation and the protection of our natural resources,” says GLT President Rick Orluk. “In addition, our organization is stronger today, having gone through the rigorous process of achieving accreditation.”
The commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how The Granby Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Comments on The Granby Land Trust’s application will be most useful by April 19.