Foothills Land Conservancy is pleased to announce that it is applying for accreditation in September 2013.  After completing an extensive review and update of all policies, records, and practices, Foothills is ready for the extensive review and rigorous standards of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

“We’re excited to be going through the accreditation process.  When the process is over with, we will be a stronger land trust, and we’ll have the proper policies and procedures in place to best serve landowners and the general public more efficiently,” said Executive Director Bill Clabough.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts and extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs.  The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.

According to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission’s website, “The accreditation seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation. It recognizes organizations for meeting national standards for excellence, upholding the public trust, and ensuring that conservation efforts are permanent.”

A public comment period is now open.  The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications.  Comments must relate to how Foothills complies with national quality standards.  These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust.  For the full list of standards, see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/tips-and-tools/indicator-practices.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to info@landtrustaccreditation.org.  Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 201, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.  Comments on Foothills’ application will be most useful if submitted before October 28, 2013.