SVT Renews Land Trust Accreditation

We are delighted to report that we have renewed our accreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission (LTAC). The LTAC is an independent arm of the Land Trust Alliance, a national organization that establishes professional standards for land trusts across the country.

SVT was first accredited in 2013, and after a rigorous application process, our accreditation has been approved for five more years. Accreditation demonstrates that we are committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in our conservation work.

During the renewal process, we provided extensive documentation and were subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation.  By renewing our accreditation, the LTAC signified its confidence that SVT's lands will be protected forever. Across the US, 400 accredited land trusts now steward almost 20 million acres--the size of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and Rhode Island combined.

“We are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process,” said SVT Executive Director Lisa Vernegaard. “Today, we are even better positioned to work with our partners to protect and care for the vulnerable natural areas in our region.”

“It is exciting to recognize SVT's continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the LTAC. “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.”