Land Trust gets national accreditation

The Greenwich Land Trust (GLT) has been awarded national accreditation status by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission (LTAC), an independent program of the national Land Trust Alliance, making it one of only 181 accredited land trusts among 1,700 member land trusts in the country.

“We are thrilled to receive this designation,” said Jane Hogeman, President of the GLT. “It represents the culmination of several years of planning and work by our staff, board and volunteers to take us through the LTAC application process. Most importantly, it means the GLT has met a rigorous set of standards and practices established by the LTAC in the areas of stewardship, land management, and financial practices.”

The application process began in 2005, and over the past few years, GLT staff and volunteers worked towards full implementation of the LTA Standards and Practices in preparation for the submission of the application. Staff and volunteers re-assessed all GLT properties and wrote 73 unique management plans for GLT fee properties and updated baseline reports for its conservation easements.

The application process itself represents hundreds of hours of staff and board time. The formal application was submitted in November 2011 and was extensively reviewed by the LTAC over the course of several months.

“Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “The accreditation seal lets the public know that an 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.”

“Applying for accreditation was an exhaustive, multi-year process which has strengthened and refined our internal operations. We are proud to be able to demonstrate to our generous donors and to the Greenwich community that we are committed to national standards of excellence, to upholding the public trust, and to ensuring that our conservation efforts are permanent,” said Ginny Gwynn, Executive Director of the GLT.

The GLT currently protects 737 acres of open space throughout the Greenwich area. By protecting and conserving open space, the GLT says it benefits all residents by ensuring clean air and drinking water, scenic vistas, landscapes, wildlife habitats and sanctuaries, for this and future generations.

“We are proud to be part of this national effort to bring the highest standards for land conservation to our own community. This is a legacy for our generation and future generations forever,” Ms. Hogeman said.

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