For Immediate Release
Contact: Gal Potashnick, 603-823-7777
ACT Earns National Recognition for Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence
FRANCONIA – At a time of uncertainty and change, one thing is clear and consistent: Americans strongly support saving the wild lands, family forests, and farmlands they love. Since 2000, Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust (ACT) has been doing just that for the people of northern New Hampshire. Now ACT has renewed its land trust accreditation – proving once again that, as part of a network of nearly 400 accredited land trusts across the nation, it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.
“Renewing our national accreditation shows ACT’s ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation in the North Country,” said founder and Executive Director Rebecca Brown. “We’re a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process.”
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 voluntary conservation agreements with private landowners.
“We’ve reviewed every aspect of our programs and policies, from how we conserve land to how we track and report our finances,” Brown continued. “In the five years since we were first accredited, we’ve grown an excellent team of trustees, volunteers, and staff, and we’re all proud of what we’ve achieved together with the support of our members and donors.”
ACT had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive external review as part of its accreditation renewal. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded the renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that ACTs lands will be protected forever.
ACT has conserved nearly 5,000 acres in the region for the benefit of communities, people, and wildlife. Its special focus is on conserving streams and rivers for clean water, family farms and forests, and land with important public recreational opportunities. It owns land, with its largest ownership being the 840-acre Cooley-Jericho Community Forest. It also has conservation agreements with over 20 private landowners who continue to own and use their properties but have decided never to develop their land, or develop only in limited ways that also protects natural resources.
“It is exciting to recognize ACT with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. “Accredited land trusts are united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. Accreditation recognizes ACT has demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission inspires excellence, promotes public trust and ensures permanence in the conservation of open lands by recognizing organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement. The Commission, established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts. For more, visit landtrustaccreditation.org.
Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents 1,000 member land trusts supported by more than 200,000 volunteers and 4.6 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and operates several regional offices.
Based in Franconia, ACT serves the North Country by working with individuals, families, and communities to conserve land for the benefit of all. Learn more at aconservationtrust.org or call (603) 823-7777. ACT holds regular workshops and outdoor events – look for the calendar on our website or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/aconservationtrust.