Scott Wilber, Executive Director of the New Mexico Land Conservancy, announced today that the state-wide land conservation organization is applying for accreditation by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
“Accreditation is fast becoming the standard for land trusts and eventually most, if not all, will have some level of accreditation or other certification,” said Wilber. To date only 238 of the nearly 1,700 land trusts in the U.S. have been accredited. “I feel confident that accreditation will strengthen our credibility with landowners, government agencies, charitable foundations, supporters and everyone in the land conservation community,” Wilber added.
Accreditation is a mark of distinction in land conservation. The accreditation seal provides the public with an assurance that the accredited organization has the ways and means to protect important natural places and working lands forever.
The rigorous accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that demonstrate compliance with the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) Standards and Practices. The Standards and Practices are the ethical and technical guidelines established in 1989 by the LTA for the responsible operation of a land trust.
As an important part of the process, the Accreditation Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how New Mexico Land Conservancy complies with the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices. For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/tips-and-tools/ indicator-practices.
For more information on the New Mexico Land Conservancy, New Mexico’s only state-wide land trust, call Scott Wilber at 505.986.3801.