Joshua’s Trust, northeastern Connecticut’s largest land trust, today announced it has achieved renewed accreditation – a mark of distinction in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that Joshua’s Trust’s lands will be protected forever.
Nationwide, almost 15 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas vital to healthy communities – an area about the size of the state of West Virginia – are permanently conserved by accredited land trusts.
“This achievement demonstrates our commitment to land conservation that is effective, strategic and permanent,” said Joshua’s Trust Executive Director Michael Hveem, “Our entire organization is stronger for having participated successfully in the rigorous accreditation renewal process.”
Joshua’s Trust works in 14 towns in northeastern Connecticut, and protects more than 130 properties totaling 4,500 acres of land. Many of the properties provide recreational access, while others protect critical watersheds and wildlife habitats. Joshua’s Trust also manages two historic properties, the Gurleyville Grist Mill and the Atwood Farm, both located in Mansfield.
Joshua’s Trust was among 38 land trusts across the United States to achieve accreditation or to have accreditation renewed in August. The Trust joins the more than 350 accredited land trusts that demonstrate their commitment to professional excellence through accreditation, helping to maintain the public’s trust in their work.
“It is exciting to recognize Joshua’s Trust with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “Accredited land trusts stand together, united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. This network of land trusts has demonstrated fiscal accountability, strong organizational leadership and lasting stewardship of conservation land.”
Each accredited land trusts must apply for renewal every five years and undergoes a comprehensive review as part of its renewal application. The process is rigorous and strengthens land trusts so they can help landowners and communities achieve their goals.
About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
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 www.landtrustaccreditation.org.