FRLT's national accreditation renewed
Committed to public trust and conservation excellence
In August 2020, Feather River Land Trust achieved renewal of our national accreditation through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. We’re one of 400 land trusts across the country (out of 1,363) that bear the seal of accreditation, signifying that we meet national standards for:
- Sound finances
- Ethical conduct
- Responsible governance
- Lasting stewardship
FRLT first achieved accreditation in 2015, and we’re required to re-apply every five years. We provided extensive documentation and underwent a comprehensive third-party evaluation—including public comment— prior to achieving this distinction. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded FRLT renewed accreditation, demonstrating its confidence that the lands we conserve will be protected forever.
It is exciting to recognize Feather River Land Trust’s continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction. Donors and partners can trust 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.
—Melissa Kalvestrand, Executive Director, Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The accreditation seal
A mark of distinction
The seal identifies land trusts that meet national quality standards for excellence, uphold the public trust, and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. Accreditation is a rigorous third-party evaluation that ensures that our conservation work can last legally and financially and benefit the public, forever.
Standards and practices
We've made a commitment to national quality standards for nonprofit management and land conservation
An external, independent review provides assurance of FRLT's quality and permanence that you can trust
We have policies and systems in place to keep our promise of permanent land protection
Accredited land trusts across the U.S.
FRLT is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census. The 400 accredited land trusts, including FRLT, have worked with willing landowners to conserve almost 20 million acres of important lands and waters—the size of Yosemite, Yellowstone, Denali, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Everglades National Parks combined.
A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits can be found at on the Land Trust Accreditation Commission’s website.
Stronger together: you make it possible
We’re excited to celebrate this accomplishment with you, our FRLT community. Achieving accreditation renewal is only possible because of the support of our 1,100+ members and conservation partners. Why is this so?
- Our members provide the public will and ongoing financial stability to conserve and steward the magnificent lands of the Feather River region, now and for generations to come.
- Our members and partners help us accomplish our work on the land and in raising up the next generation of conservationists and land stewards.
- When foundations and agencies see that we have community support and partnership, they feel confident to contribute to this good work we’re doing together, year after year.
In a very real sense, we carry this seal of excellence together. We couldn’t do it without our community, and we’re grateful.
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