After more than a year of intense preparation, in early August the Piscataquog Land Conservancy was awarded first-time national Land Trust Accreditation. The accreditation program independently verifies that land trusts are operating in accordance with nationalstandards and practices set by the Land Trust Alliance (LTA). The Accredited Land Trust seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation, assuring our members, partners and the public that we have undergone extensive external review of the governance and management of our organization, and the systems and policies we use to protect land.
The application process for accreditation required extensive documentation and a significant commitment of time and money by PLC. A team of board members and staff led by PLC Board vice chair Ted Graham prepared the application and supporting materials that totaled over 1,000 pages! In a rigorous review process, the Accreditation Commission, an independent program of LTA established in 2006, examined our application and evaluated multiple sources of information, including comments from the public.
After almost 47 years of conserving land, PLC is immensely proud to receive this national “seal of approval.” More information on the Land Trust Accreditation program is available on the Commission’s website: www.landtrustaccreditation.org. More information on LTA is available at www.landtrustalliance.org.