Oblong Land Conservancy, the local land trust for southern Dutchess County, today announces it has achieved accreditation - a mark of honor in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission has awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that Oblong Land Conservancy lands will be protected forever.
Accredited land trusts across the country have permanently conserved more than 15 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas that are vital to healthy, vibrant communities.
"Accreditation demonstrates Oblong Land Conservancy's commitment to permanent land conservation in Southeastern Dutchess County," said Chris Wood, Co-Chair. "We're a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program and this strength will help make this an even better place to live, for us and future generations."
Oblong Land Conservancy was among 37 land trusts across the United States to achieve accreditation or to have accreditation renewed in February. Oblong Land Conservancy joins the 342 land trusts that demonstrate their commitment to professional excellence through accreditation, helping to maintain the public's trust in their work.
"It is exciting to recognize Oblong Land Conservancy with this distinction," said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. "Together, accredited land trusts stand united behind strong national standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. In all, over 75 percent of private lands conserved by land trusts are now held by an accredited land trust."
Each accredited land trust meets extensive documentation requirements and undergoes a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation application. The process is rigorous and strengthens land trusts with systems that help landowners and communities achieve their goals. More information about land trust accreditation can be found at www.landtrustaccreditation.org.
The Commission is an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. More information about the many benefits of land conservation is available at www.landtrustalliance.org.