The Wolf River Conservancy Earns National Recognition

The Wolf River Conservancy Earns National Recognition

Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence

Memphis, Tennessee – 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 of Memphis and the Mid-South. Now the Wolf River Conservancy has announced it has renewed its land trust accreditation under the guidance of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission– proving once again that, as part of a network of over 400 accredited land trusts across the nation, it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission is an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

“Renewing our accreditation shows the Wolf River Conservancy’s ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation in the Wolf River watershed in West Tennessee and North Mississippi,” said Keith Cole, Executive Director. “Furthermore, the Conservancy’s Strategic Conservation Plan gives priority to land parcels that serve as recharge areas for the Memphis Sand Aquifer, the drinking water source for Memphis. We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process. Our strength means special places – such as the Ghost River State Natural Area– will be protected forever.”

The Wolf River Conservancy has protected approximately 18,000 acres since 1985 in West Tennessee and North Mississippi. 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 awarded renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that the Wolf River Conservancy’s lands will be protected in perpetuity. Accredited land trusts now steward almost 20 million acres in the United States.

Currently, the Wolf River Conservancy is partnering with the City of Memphis Parks and Neighborhoods Division and Shelby County in the completion of the Wolf River Greenway in the city of Memphis. Upon completion, the Wolf River Greenway will connect 853 acres along a 26-mile-long trail. It is estimated that 180,000 people will live within a 20-minute walk of the completed Wolf River Greenway.

“It is exciting to recognize the Wolf River Conservancy’s continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction,” said Melissa Kalvestrand, Executive Director of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. “Donors and partners can trust that the more than 400 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”

The Wolf River Conservancy is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census, only 400 of which are accredited. A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits can be found at

About the Wolf River Conservancy

The Wolf River Conservancy is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the Wolf River and its watershed as a sustainable natural resource. In 1985 the Wolf River Conservancy was formed as a non-profit local land trust to allow for the protection of lands along the Wolf River as a public natural resource.

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

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