August 2020: A Message from Our Director

Dear Wolf River friend,

In 2015, the Wolf River Conservancy achieved an important goal: the distinction of being recognized by the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) as an accredited land trust. Of the 1,363 land trusts in the U.S., fewer than a third are accredited by the LTA. What does this mean to you as a friend and supporter of the Wolf River Conservancy?

Land trust accreditation is a mark of distinction, showing that a land trust meets high standards for land conservation. It sends a message to our landowners and supporters: “Invest in us. We are a strong, effective organization you can trust to conserve your land forever.” Accredited land trusts are, above all, effective, having protected almost 80% of all land and easements held by land trusts in the United States.

Accreditation is a voluntary program administered by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission which demonstrates that the Conservancy has successfully adopted and implemented the Land Trust Standards and Practices. These affect all facets of our organization: board policies, ethics in fundraising, land acquisition standards, financial procedures, to name a few.

For the Wolf River Conservancy, accreditation has served as a catalyst for improvement, resulting in a more effective organization, and thus faster, better, and stronger land conservation. The accreditation seal offers the assurance that the Wolf River Conservancy can keep the promise of perpetuity and that we are worthy of the public trust. So, accreditation strengthens not only the Wolf River Conservancy but also America’s overall land conservation movement.

Accreditation benefits landowners, donors and partners in the following ways:

- Accreditation assures you that the Wolf River Conservancy is a good investment. Donors want to give to effective, well-run organizations.

- Accreditation shows that the Wolf River Conservancy has a strong balance sheet and follows the highest and best standards and practices for land conservation. Landowners want to know that a land trust will be able to carry out their conservation vision.

- Accreditation helps us to meet the strict requirements set by funders for grant recipients.

To learn more about the Wolf River Conservancy’s conservation focus, view a comprehensive map of protected lands in the Wolf River watershed and other conservation resources, visit .

For any specific questions regarding the Wolf River Conservancy’s land conservation program please contact our Director of Land Conservation Ryan Hall at

Thanks for your continued support.


Posted by Cathy Justis at 11:55 AM