Public Notice: Renewal of National Accreditation

In 2007 the Lake Champlain Land Trust was nationally recognized as the first land trust in Vermont and one of the first seventeen nationwide, to be officially accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent commission of land conservation experts. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that 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.”  – Tammara Van Ryn,  Commission Executive Director

The Lake Champlain Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation, a process which happens every five years.  A public comment period is now open.

 “We want all of our supporters and local landowners, who generously protect their land for the benefit of all of us, to have the assurance that the Lake Champlain Land Trust is meeting or exceeding national conservation standards for excellence,” said Chris Boget, Executive Director.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications.  Comments must relate to how the Lake Champlain 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/getting-accredited/indicator-practices.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org.  Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments,: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.  Comments on the Lake Champlain Land Trust’s application will be most useful by January 3, 2014.