Georges River Land Trust Earns National Recognition
“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, based in Rockland, ME, 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 was awarded accreditation this December and 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 285 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.”
According to the Land Trust Alliance, conserving land helps ensure clean air and drinking water; safe, healthy food; 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 more than 1,700 land trusts to save the places they love. Community leaders in land trusts throughout the country have worked with willing landowners to save over 47 million acres of farms, forests, parks and places people care about. Recent Georges River Land Trust projects include permanent conservation of over 200 acres of land in South Thomaston, more than six miles of new trails, and a partnership with Colby College and the Kohler Foundation to conserve the Cushing property and artwork of Maine artist Bernard Langlais.
“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.”
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 information on the Land Trust please call 594-5166 or visit GeorgesRiver.org.