Accredited – Means Excellence, Trust, Permanence

Land trust accreditation is a mark of distinction, showing that a land trust meets high standards for land conservation. It sends a message to landowners and supporters: “Invest in us. We are a strong, effective organization you can trust to conserve your land trust forever.”

Accreditation demonstrates that a land trust has successfully implemented Land Trust Standards and Practices. Accredited land trusts range from all-volunteer organizations to national groups and protect more than 75% of all land and easements held by land trusts in America. Accreditation is a voluntary program administered by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

Accreditation is a catalyst for improvement, which results in faster, better, stronger conservation. The accreditation seal offers the assurance that a land trust can keep the promise of perpetuity and that it is worthy of the public trust. So, accreditation strengthens both individual land trusts and America’s land conservation movement.

Land trusts across the country have permanently protected more than 55 million acres of farms, forests, parks and natural areas that are vital to healthy, vibrant communities. Accreditation advances excellence among land trusts, and provides the public, landowners, and donors with the confidence that these important conserved lands will be protected forever.

North Branch Land Trust Land Trust was one of the first accredited Land Trust in the United States when it completed the accreditation process successfully in 2008. The Trust was reaccredited in 2014 and will work toward accreditation renewal in 2019.

To learn more about land trusts and the importance of accreditation you can visit the Land Trust Alliance web page on Accreditation at and also visit the Land Trust Accreditation Commission web page at

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