We are excited to announce that on August 5th we achieved first time accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. Accreditation is a national mark of distinction showing that a land trust meets high standards for land conservation.
We are so proud to say that RLC is one of only 317 land trusts from across the U.S. that have been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. Each accredited land trust submits extensive documentation and undergoes a rigorous review. "Accreditation provides the public with an assurance that, at the time of accreditation, land trusts meet high standards for quality, and that the results of their conservation work are permanent," said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn.
RLC staff and Board of Directors first began preparing for accreditation in 2009. "Like all members of the land trust community, Riverside Land Conservancy shoulders a profound responsibility - to protect our natural landscapes into the future and to provide meaningful opportunities for our communites to connect with these special places. Accreditation provides us the firm foundation with which to provide this vibrant living legacy for the future," says Gail Egenes, RLC's Executive Director.
The Commission awards accreditation to land trusts that meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. Accreditation is not a one-time action; it fosters continuous improvement as land trust maintain their accredited status by applying for renewal every five years.
The accreditation seal recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awards the seal to community institutions that demonstrate the ability to protect important natural places and working lands forever. The Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance established in 2006, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. For more information please visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org