Georges River Land Trust is Nationally Accredited

What is accreditation?

Annette with bindersIn December 2014, Georges River Land Trust achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

“We are very excited and honored to be receive this national recognition,” said Jim Robbins, Board President of Georges River Land Trust. “We are so grateful to our members and volunteers who helped us reach this well-earned milestone. This is a tremendous accomplishment for the Georges River Land Trust.”

Georges River Land Trust has been working to conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education, and outdoor experiences for over a quarter of a century. Accomplishments include more than 3,400 acres conserved and 50 miles of trails created in 14 towns along the St. George River.

Georges River Land Trust is one of only 301 land trusts from across the country that has been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. Each accredited land trust must submit extensive documentation and undergo a rigorous review. This review process honors only land trusts with the most streamlined operations and effective land conservation. Accredited land trusts are authorized 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.

“This round of accreditation decisions represents another significant milestone for the accreditation program; the 301 accredited land trusts account for three quarters of the 20,645,165 acres currently owned in fee or protected by a conservation easement held by a land trust,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “Accreditation provides the public with an assurance that, at the time of accreditation, land trusts meet high standards for quality and that the results of their conservation work are permanent.”

What does accreditation mean?

Georges River Land Trust members have recognized the organization’s long-term commitment to care for the land for the good of the people for 28 years. Accreditation validates your recognition of our commitment. At the core of this distinction are three principles: excellence, trust and permanence.

Excellence: Through accreditation, we’ve adopted Land Trust Standards and Practices, the formal ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust. This means that we are held to the highest quality standards in conserving the places that are important to you.

Trust: Trust is a top-of-mind issue for all of those who support nonprofits. Accreditation helps us be accountable to you, our members, and to the greater public. In order to earn accreditation, we voluntarily submitted to an external, independent review of our practices. As a result, accreditation provides you with the extra assurance that you are donating to a quality organization.

Permanence: Our main goal is to conserve land that is essential to your health and our region’s well being. When we protect land for the benefit of the public, we also promise that the protection is forever. Through accreditation, we developed the policies and programs to keep this promise for your children and grandchildren for generations to come.

Being nationally accredited means we’re doing it right! With these policies and procedures in place, we are able to be even more efficient and accomplish more on a regional scale. “The accreditation process has significantly enhanced our ability to ensure conservation in perpetuity. We all feel very proud and trust it will provide a high level of confidence for our community,” said Gail Presley, Executive Director of the Georges River Land Trust. “Strong, community supported land trusts like Georges River serve our residents as effective caretakers of our critical natural resources, and safeguard the land for future generations.”

How can you help?

Through your support, you will enable us to accomplish even more strategic conservation projects as a nationally accredited land trust. Help us continue to achieve at the highest level – Donate Today!

The Georges River Land Trust’s mission is to conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education, and outdoor experiences. For more information on the Land Trust please call 594-5166.