The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, announces that Shasta Land Trust has been awarded accredited status. Less than eight percent of the 1,700 land trusts in the United States have achieved this level of accomplishment and recognition.
“Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever,” says 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.”
“Shasta Land Trust’s accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation,” says Francis Duchi, board member. “Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation program.”
Shasta Land Trust was founded in Redding in 1998 and is dedicated to conserving important properties in far Northern California. Conservation easements held by Shasta Land Trust protect over 20,000 acres in Shasta County, ensuring that important resources such as agricultural land, wildlife habitat, and natural watersheds remain intact for future generations.
Land is America’s most important and valuable resource. Conserving land helps ensure clean air and drinking water, food security, 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 land trusts to save the places they love. Community leaders in land trusts throughout the country have worked with willing landowners to save over 37 million acres of farms, forests, parks and places people care about. Strong, well-managed land trusts provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources, and safeguard the land through the generations.
Shasta Land Trust was awarded accreditation this February and is one of 130 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.
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, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance established in 2006, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. The Alliance, of which Shasta Land Trust is a member, is a national conservation group based in Washington, D.C. More information on the accreditation program is available on the Commission’s website, www.landtrustaccreditation.org. More information on the Alliance is available at www.landtrustalliance.org.
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