Forest Society Invites Public Comment for LTA Accreditation Renewal
The Land Trust Alliance (LTA) is a national organization that supports more than 1,300 member land trusts and promotes voluntary land conservation to benefit communities. Recognizing the importance of public confidence in land trusts, LTA established formal Standards and Practices in the 1980s. The Forest Society was one of the earliest adopters of these standards.
In 2006, the Land Trust Accreditation Commission was established as an independent program of LTA. The Commission designed an accreditation system that recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards and have systems in place to protect important natural places and working lands forever. Today, there are 388 accredited land trusts nationwide, which collectively have protected 78 percent of all land and easements held by all land trusts in the United States.
The Forest Society chose to participate in this voluntary and rigorous accreditation program and became an accredited land trust in 2013. The Forest Society’s accreditation provides the assurance of quality and permanence that is essential for building public confidence in land conservation. It also ensures that the Forest Society follows national best practices established for all land trusts. Now, five years after its initial accreditation, the Forest Society seeks to renew its accreditation.
“Accreditation is a high honor for any land trust,” said Forest Society President/Forester Jane Difley. “As one of the country's oldest land trusts, we are proud to be among those that meet the standards of permanence and excellence accreditation requires. We look forward to renewing our accreditation in 2018.”
The renewal process through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission involves an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. As part of the review process, public input is invited.
Comments must relate to how the Forest Society complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. The full list of standards is available at www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/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 the Forest Society’s application will be most useful by April 29, 2018.
If you have any questions about the accreditation renewal process, please contact Reagan Bissonnette, Director of Easement Stewardship & Counsel, at (603) 224-9945.