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Land Trust Accreditation: Why It Matters

In August 2015, the Wolf River Conservancy became a nationally accredited land trust through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) since 2008.  Today, approximately 400 land trusts – just 25% of the land trusts in our country - have achieved this coveted distinction, and the we are proud to be included in that number.  Becoming a nationally accredited land trust was a significant milestone for the Wolf River Conservancy, a collaborative effort of the WRC staff and board which has resulted in a much more effective and efficient organization.

Why is this important to our corporate and individual donors,  or to landowners interested in land protection?

As an accredited land trust, you can have confidence that the Wolf River Conservancy has:

  • Sound Finances
  • Ethical Conduct
  • Responsible Governance
  • Lasting Stewardship

A recent survey by the LTA found that 83% of landowners said accreditation increased their confidence that their land would be protected in perpetuity. As an accredited land trust, the Wolf River Conservancy is required to have a strong balance sheet and financial practices which are both ethical and transparent.  The Wolf River Conservancy’s most recent 990 form and its Audited Financial Report for 2017 can be found at https://wolfriver.org/financial-reports

The most important reason that accreditation matters is this:  it aids us in delivering on our land conservation mission.  Since its founding in 1985, the Wolf River Conservancy has been involved in land conservation projects in the Wolf River watershed. To date we have protected approximately 16,500 acres.  Our board remains committed to a strategic conservation plan designed to continue protection of our clean drinking water, woods, wetlands, and wildlife for many future generations.

To learn more about the land conservation work of the Wolf River Conservancy please visit https://wolfriver.org/land-preservation-tools  or email Ryan.Hall@wolfriver.org.

Thanks to you all for your continued support.

Posted by Cathy Justis at 2:47 PM