The Leelanau Conservancy has been Awarded Accredited Status

From our 2008 Fall Newsletter

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA), announced last week (September 19, 2008) that the Leelanau Conservancy has been awarded accredited status. Shown in the above photo is Susan Price, Director of Finance and Administration, who spearheaded the accreditation process for the Leelanau Conservancy.

“Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “The accreditation seal lets the public know that the accredited land trust has undergone an extensive, external review of the governance and management of its organization and the systems and policies it uses to protect land.”

“The Leelanau Conservancy’s accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation,” says Brian Price, Executive Director. “We are a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation program.” Thirty-seven land trusts were awarded accreditation at a special ceremony held at the LTA’s annual rally in Pittsburgh last week.  In Michigan, the Washtenaw Land Trust and Chikaming Open Lands Trust also received accreditation.

The Leelanau Conservancy was founded in 1988 and has worked with over 100 conservation-minded landowners to protect nearly 7,000 acres and 22 miles of shoreline/river and stream frontage in Leelanau County.

Land is America’s most important and valuable resource. Conserving our land helps ensure clean air and drinking water, food security, scenic landscapes and views, recreational places, and habitat for the diversity of life on earth. Across the country, local citizens and communities have come together to form land trusts to save the places they love. Community leaders in land conservancies across the country have worked with willing landowners to save over 37 million acres of farms, forests, parks and places people care about. Strong, well-managed land conservancies provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources, and safeguard the land through the generations.

The Rally is the largest gathering of land conservationists in the country. Accredited land trusts are able to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.

About The Land Trust Accreditation Commission

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awards the accreditation seal to community institutions that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance established in 2006, 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.

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