Legacy Land Trust announced June 28 that it is applying for accreditation with the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission. A public comment period is now open.
The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs.
“Legacy Land Trust has been conserving important agricultural and environmental lands in Northern Colorado for 20 years, and we are very excited to take this next step,” says Amy Hahn, Director of Development for the organization. “We have always tried to follow best practices and this process will verify those efforts. It challenges us to closely examine our organization’s practices and protocols in both the past and the future. It will further align us with other high quality land trusts in the US.”
The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Legacy Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see www.landtrustaccreditation.org/tips-and-tools/indicator-practices.
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 Legacy Land Trust’s application will be most useful by October 27.
Founded in 1993, Legacy Land Trust is a private, non-profit organization that works to conserve key landscapes in Weld, Larimer and Jackson counties. They partner closely with agricultural and open space land owners to preserve working farms, ranches, habitat and open space for a healthy community.