D&R Greenway Land Trust is applying for Reaccreditation!
Accreditation is an important seal of approval for land trusts. It ensures our donors, public partners, foundations and the landowners who work with us to preserve their land that D&R Greenway follows high standards and practices.
The land trust accreditation program was established in 2006. D&R Greenway was among the first 10% of land trusts nationally to be accredited in 2012. Our accreditation was renewed in 2017. As of August 2022 there are 461 accredited land trusts in 46 states, including D&R Greenway Land Trust!
A full notice is provided below and in the attached.
The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. D&R Greenway Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of 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. D&R Greenway was proud to be among the first land trusts in the country to receive accreditation, and to pass our first reaccreditation with flying colors!
The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how D&R Greenway complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards, click here.
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.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 D&R Greenway’s application will be most useful by November 18, 2022.
In 2012 D&R Greenway was among the first 10% of land trusts in the nation to receive accreditation. D&R Greenway was awarded renewed accreditation status in 2017.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission ensures compliance with national quality standards, providing continued assurance to donors and landowners of D&R Greenway’s commitment to steward their land and easements in perpetuity.
“Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. 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.”
Land Trust Accreditation Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn
As of February 2018, there are 398 accredited land trusts in 46 U.S. states and territories. Accredited land trusts have made significant achievements.
Accredited land trusts protect more land than our National Park system.
Accredited land trusts steward almost 80% of conservation lands and easements held by all land trusts.
Accredited land trusts protected five times more land from 2010 to 2015 than land trusts that were not accredited.
Accreditation has increased the public’s trust in land conservation, resulting in federal, state and local conservation funding measures.