Methow Conservancy Earns National Recognition
Accreditation Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
After a rigorous review process, the Methow Conservancy recently received a celebratory phone call informing us that we have achieved “accredited” status from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the national Land Trust Alliance.
The Methow Conservancy is one of only 181 land trusts from across the country that has been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. 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.
'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 official ‘seal of approval’ we gain with this recognition is at its core an affirming reflection of the trust that we’ve worked to earn in this community over the past 16 years by putting the people and land of this valley first in all that we do,” noted Methow Conservancy Executive Director Jason Paulsen. “It is an honor and a humbling reminder that our role as a partner to landowners in this community continues forever into the future, and we commit to doing so at the highest standards for land trusts in our country.”
Methow Conservancy Board of Director President Kevin van Bueren added, “I’d like to thank the landowners here in the valley who took time to share their feedback on our work with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Our success stems from the trust we continue to earn in the community we serve, and we’re honored to know that this community appreciates our commitment to serving landowners and the land here in the Valley.”
The Methow Conservancy has served as the Methow Valley’s local land trust since 1996 and to date has worked with willing private landowners to protect more than 7,400 acres of farmland, riverfront, wildlife habitat, and scenic views. As a nonprofit land trust, the Methow Conservancy is governed by a Board of volunteers, all of whom own land in the Methow Valley, and is supported by the generosity of more than 800 households and businesses.
About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., awards the accreditation seal to community institutions that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Commission, established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. More information on the accreditation program is available on the Commission’s website, www.landtrustaccreditation.org.
About The Land Trust Alliance
The Land Trust Alliance, of which the Methow Conservancy is a member, 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.