GLT Awarded Land Trust Accreditation!
August 25, 2014
Dear GLT Supporter,
The Land Trust Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that the Granby Land Trust has been awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. To be accredited, land trusts must meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent.
The Granby Land Trust is one of only 280 land trusts from across the country that have been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008 (and one of ten in Connecticut). Each accredited land trust submitted extensive documentation and underwent a rigorous review.
“Through accreditation land trusts conduct important planning and make their operations more efficient and strategic,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “Accredited organizations have engaged and trained citizen conservation leaders and improved systems for ensuring that their conservation work is permanent.”
“The Granby Land Trust's accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation that benefits the entire community,” says GLT President Rick Orluk. "We are a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation program.”
Conserving land helps ensure clean air and drinking water; safe, healthy food; scenic landscapes and views; recreational places; and habitat for the diversity of life on earth. In addition to health and food benefits, conserving land increases property values near greenbelts, saves tax dollars by encouraging more efficient development, and reduces the need for expensive water filtration facilities. Across the country, local citizens and communities have come together to form more than 1,700 land trusts to save the places they love. Community leaders in land trusts throughout the country have worked with willing landowners to save over 47 million acres of farms, forests, parks and places people care about, including land transferred to public agencies and protected via other means. Strong, well-managed land trusts provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources, and safeguard the land through the generations.
For more information about the Land Trust Accreditation process and to see a list of newly-accredited land trusts, click here:
Our national accreditation is a result of many years of commitment by Granby Land Trust board members, members-at-large, town officials and generous land donors. On behalf of the GLT Board of Directors, we thank each of you for creating such a vibrant organization.
Yours in conservation,
Granby Land Trust