The Gunnison Valley is a remarkable place. We are surrounded by magnificent, iconic views. Our neighbors are Emmons, Baldy, Whetstone, Gothic… massive peaks where we ski, hike, climb and play. From your backdoor, you lace up your boots, hop on your bike, and clip into your skis to venture out on miles of trails that lead you into wilderness.
Our healthy habitat allows elk, deer, black bear, mountain goats, big horn sheep and other wildlife to flourish. And, our rich history of working family ranches provides economic stability and food for our country.
The work of the Land Trust builds community and preserves beauty. And now, after a rigorous application process, we are excited to achieve national accreditation, awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.
“The Crested Butte Land Trust’s accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation,” says Ann Johnston, Executive Director. “Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation program.”
As part of the application process, the Land Trust put on several open houses, encouraging the public to submit confidential comments about its work to the Accreditation Commission. We really appreciate everyone who took the time to make comments. We received overwhelming community support.
The Crested Butte Land Trust joins 180 of the nation’s 1,723 land trusts to be accredited–just 10% of land trusts nationwide.“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,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn.
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 perpetually. As an accredited land trust, we ensure the remarkable Gunnison Valley that you cherish will be enjoyed by generations not just today, but forever.