The Land Trust Accreditation Commission (LTAC), an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, just announced that the Crested Butte Land Trust has been awarded accredited status.
At a time of political change, one thing is clear and consistent: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love and Crested Butte is no different. Since 1991, the Crested Butte Land Trust has been preserving open spaces in the Gunnison Valley to protect integral wildlife habitat, unique ranching heritage, and incredible access to recreation. This week, the Crested Butte Land Trust has renewed its accreditation – proving once again that, as part of a network of 398 accredited land trusts across the nation, it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.
“The Crested Butte Land Trust’s accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation in the Gunnison Valley,” says Noel Durant, Executive Director. “Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous re-accreditation process.”
The Land Trust provided extensive documentation and underwent a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation renewal. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded the renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that the Crested Butte Land Trust’s lands will be protected forever.
Accredited land trusts must renew every five years, confirming their compliance with national quality standards and providing continued assurance to donors and landowners of their commitment to forever steward their land and easements. Almost 20 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas vital to healthy communities are now permanently conserved by an accredited land trust.
“Our accreditation also helps our whole community, whether it is neighboring landowners, other nonprofits, or government agencies, they can have confidence that the Crested Butte Land Trust has accountable standards and practices, “continued Noel. “These partnerships are vital in our work to protect the valley we all love and share.”
To date, the Crested Butte Land Trust has worked with over 50 willing landowners and their families to conserve their land and has protected over 6,000 acres of open space including 25 miles of single track trail. As part of the rigorous application process, the Crested Butte Land Trust held open forums, encouraging the public to submit comments about the work of the Crested Butte Land Trust to the Accreditation Commission. “I really appreciate everyone who took the time to make comments, as a newcomer the feedback we received was invaluable as I transitioned into the organization,” said Noel. “The community support we received was overwhelming.”
The work of the Crested Butte Land Trust helps ensure a fine balance of preserving working ranches, protecting important wildlife habitat, and securing recreational access. Strong, well-managed land trusts provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources, and safeguard the land through the generations. The core focus of the Land Trust is to forever to protect the place we all love.
“It is exciting to recognize Crested Butte Land Trust with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “Accredited land trusts are united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. Accreditation recognizes Crested Butte Land Trust has demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”
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, 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 the Crested Butte 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.
For more information about the Crested Butte Land Trust, visit www.cblandtrust.org, or email Noel at firstname.lastname@example.org.