February 2021: A Message from the Director

One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1985, The Wolf River Conservancy, has been doing just that for the people who care about the Wolf River watershed. We have just been notified that the Land Trust Alliance Commission has renewed our land trust accreditation – proving once again that, as part of a network of over 400 accredited land trusts across the nation, we are committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in our conservation work now and for future generations. Please join us in celebrating this important recognition for our work.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts, recognizes organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement, thus inspiring excellence, promoting public trust, and ensuring permanence in the conservation of open lands. There are 1,363 land trusts across the United States; the Wolf River Conservancy is one of only 442 that have achieved accreditation.  A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits can be found at

The Wolf River Conservancy first gained accreditation in 2015. Renewing our accreditation for another 5-year term illustrates our staff and board’s ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation for the Wolf River watershed. During the renewal process, the conservancy’s land transactions, board governance, fundraising practices and other operational procedures were reviewed by the L.T.A. Commission for compliance to current standards. Our designation means special places – such as the Ghost River State Natural Area and most recently the “Forgotten Waters” property will be protected forever, making our community an even greater place for all of us and our children

The Wolf River Conservancy provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission renewed our accreditation, signifying its confidence that the Wolf River Conservancy’s lands will be protected forever. Accredited land trusts now steward almost 20 million acres nationally; the Wolf River Conservancy protected an additional 1,000 acres in 2020 with a cumulative total of 18,000 acres protected since 1985.

Ryan Hall, Director of Land Conservation for the Wolf River Conservancy since 2013, holds a B.S. in Forestry from Mississippi State University and a M.S. in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University. Our current Strategic Conservation Plan was developed by Ryan as part of his graduate work at Clemson.

As always, you can visit to learn more about our activities. including the Wolf River Restoration Series.

Thanks for your support.

Posted by Cathy Justis at 11:06 AM