In 2009, both Mesa Land Trust and Black Canyon Regional Land Trust were awarded national accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The two were among the first 63 land trust’s nationwide to receive this honor and both have since renewed their accreditation.
Colorado West Land Trust renewed the organization’s accreditation again in 2019. As an accredited land trust, we display a seal indicating to you, our public, that we meet national standards for excellence, uphold your trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.
“Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “The accreditation seal lets the public know that the accredited land trust has undergone an extensive, external review of the governance and management of its organization and the systems and policies it uses to protect land.”
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission based in Saratoga Springs, NY, awards the accreditation seal to community institutions that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance established in 2006, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. The Alliance, of which Mesa Land Trust is a member, is a national conservation group based in Washington, D.C. that works to save the places people love by strengthening conservation throughout America.
More information on the accreditation program is available on the Commission’s website, www.landtrustaccreditation.org. More information on the Land Trust Alliance is available at www.landtrustalliance.org.