In 2012, the Vermont Land Trust was awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission for meeting the national quality standards established by the land conservation community.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission was incorporated in April 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance to operate a land trust accreditation program to build and recognize strong land trusts, foster public confidence in land conservation and help ensure the long-term protection of land.
The national quality standards encompass all aspects of the Vermont Land Trust's work, including conservation and stewardship projects, staff and Board of Trustees policies and procedures, fundraising, and financial and asset management.
“Accreditation provided Vermont Land Trust staff the opportunity to pause and thoroughly re-evaluate our systems and our work against best practices from around the country,” said Gil Livingston, the Vermont Land Trust's president. “This extensive, close examination both reaffirmed the strength and quality of our work, but also surfaced areas for learning and growth.”
The Vermont Land Trust is one of the largest and most successful land trusts in the country. Established in 1977, it has conserved over 550,000 acres of land throughout the state, including more than 900 working farms and farmland parcels.
A full listing of the accreditation standards can be found at the Land Trust Alliance website.
For more information on the accreditation process, please visit the Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission.