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
Accreditation is a recently developed means of ensuring that land trusts operate effectively and responsibly, according to rigorous national standards. Getting the process up and running has been an important step for the conservation movement and CLC is proud to be a part of it.
Peter Paden, Executive Director of CLC
As of February 2011, CLC is one of 130 out of 1700 land trusts from across the country that has been awarded accreditation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awards the accreditation seal to organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands and for organizational operation and management. The Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, was established in 2006. It is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. The Land Trust Alliance, of which CLC is a member, is a national conservation group based in Washington, D.C. that works to save the places people love by strengthening conservation throughout America.