Land Trust Accreditation
Sudbury Valley Trustees is proud to be an accredited land trust. Accreditation is a program developed by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the national Land Trust Alliance. To achieve accreditation, a land trust must undertake a rigorous review of all its operations and submit extensive documentation to the LTAC. This extensive review encompasses all aspects of the organization, from land protection and stewardship to administration, fundraising, and financial and asset management. The application process helped Sudbury Valley Trustees refine its operations, ensuring that we are following best practices currently and for the future. The attainment of accreditation assures potential partners, members, donors, and the public at large of SVT’s professionalism and reliability. Accredited land trusts have demonstrated that they have systems in place to ensure that their conservation work is permanent.
When Sudbury Valley Trustees received accreditation in February 2013, we were joining only 201 other land trusts from across the country to have been awarded accreditation since the program began in the fall of 2008. These accredited land trusts account for half of the 20,645,165 acres currently owned in fee or protected by a conservation easement held by a land trust.
Achieving accreditation is not merely a milestone, but an ongoing commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts must continue to adhere to the high standards set by the Land Trust Alliance, with accreditation subject to review and renewal every five years. SVT looks forward to maintaining our high standards going forward. Our Strategic Plan for the coming five years incorporates goals of maintaining LTA Standards and Practices. We are honored to be part of the community of accredited land trusts.
About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., awards the accreditation seal to community institutions that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Commission, established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. See a complete list of all 21 recently accredited land trusts.
More information on the accreditation program is available on the Commission’s website.
About The Land Trust Alliance
The Land Trust Alliance, of which Sudbury Valley Trustees is a member, is a national conservation group that works to save the places people love by strengthening conservation throughout America. It works to increase the pace and quality of conservation by advocating favorable tax policies, training land trusts in best practices and working to ensure the permanence of conservation in the face of continuing threats. The Alliance publishes Land Trust Standards and Practices and provides financial and administrative support to the Commission. It has established an endowment to help ensure the success of the accreditation program and keep it affordable for land trusts of all sizes to participate in accreditation. More information can be found at the Land Trust Alliance web site.