March 3, 2015
The national land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet best practices and excellence for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Wallkill Valley Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation in 2015. A public comment period is now open.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the national Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. “Seeking accreditation is a rigorous process that requires us to look at every aspect of our organization, from project selection to fundraising to record keeping,” Chris Bernabo, President of the Wallkill Valley Trust. “It’s rewarding to see how our land trust has grown and increased its impact. We’re now looking forward to attaining this national recognition for the great conservation work we do here in southern Ulster County."
The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Wallkill Valley Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see www.landtrustaccreditation.org/tips-and-tools/indicator-practices.