KEENE, N.Y. — The Adirondack Land Trust has achieved accreditation renewal from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a distinction shared this year by 47 accredited land trusts committed to conservation excellence across the United States. 

“We welcomed the review of our standards and practices required for accreditation renewal to ensure that we are worthy of the trust of our donors and partners,” said Adirondack Land Trust Executive Director Mike Carr. “We are honored the Commission has recognized the diligent work of our dedicated staff and board.” 

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission promotes public trust and ensures permanence in the conservation of open space lands by recognizing organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement. Established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, the Commission is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts.  

The Adirondack Land Trust was first awarded accreditation in 2019 after a review of fiscal accountability, organizational leadership, transactions, and lasting stewardship of conserved land. Since 1984, the Adirondack Land Trust has conserved 28,257 acres of lands, waters, farms, and wild places that advance ecological integrity and quality of life in the Adirondacks. Independent consultant Henrietta Jordan of Keene Valley provided leadership and expert guidance to the Adirondack Land Trust throughout the accreditation process. 

“We are proud to recognize the Adirondack Land Trust’s continued commitment to conservation excellence,” said the Commission’s Executive Director Melissa Kalvestrand. “The accreditation seal is a mark of distinction that stands for excellence, trust, and permanence. The Adirondack Land Trust is part of a network of accredited land trusts united by their strong ethical practices. Accredited land trusts inspire confidence and respect among their peers and in their communities.” 

The Adirondack Land Trust is one of 1,281 land trusts across the United States, according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census. There are 450 land trusts who have received accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process can be found at landtrustaccreditation.org. 

Photo by Nancie Battaglia. Landowner Greg Fetters (left) and Adirondack Land Trust Stewardship Manager Derek Rogers shake hands after a walk through conserved forests.