One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 2002, the New River Land Trust has been doing just that for the people of the New River region. Now, we have renewed our land trust accreditation – proving that, as part of a network of over 400 accredited land trusts across the nation, we are committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.
“Renewing our accreditation shows our ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation in the New River region,” said John Eustis, Executive Director. “We are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process. Our strength means special places – such as the 2,800-acre Little Stony property and the 715-acre Little Meadows property – will be protected forever.”
The Land Trust provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that our conserved lands will be protected forever. Accredited land trusts now steward approximately 20 million acres – the size of Denali, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Everglades and Yosemite National Parks combined.
“It is exciting to recognize New River Land Trust’s continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “Donors and partners can trust the more than 400 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”
New River Land Trust is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census. A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits can be found at www.landtrustaccreditation.org.