EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado " The Eagle Valley Land Trust, a local nonprofit dedicated to preserving land for agriculture, wildlife and views, has earned independent, national accreditation.
The land trust went through an extensive, external review of its management and policies and meets national quality standards for protecting natural areas, said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
"Eagle Valley Land Trust's accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation," said Jen Scroggins, associate director of the Eagle Valley Land Trust. "Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation program."
Originally formed in 1982 as the Eagle County Land Conservancy, the Eagle Valley Land Trust is the third oldest land trust in Colorado. The land trust has worked with landowners and community leaders to protect more than 10,000 acres of land in the region.
Land trusts were awarded accreditation at Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference, held in Pittsburgh, Pa. This is the largest gathering of land conservationists in the country and is hosted by The Land Trust Alliance, which has worked for more than 25 years with the conservation community and has helped protect more than 37 million acres of farms, forests, and parks.
Accredited land trusts are able to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent.
"We are proud to display the accreditation seal," Scroggins said. "We value what it represents and hope it will give our contributors, property owners, project partners and other stakeholders a sense of confidence in working with our organization."
Major conservation projects over the last several years include the Gates Ranch in northern Eagle County, the Eagle River Preserve in Edwards and the Bair Ranch at the mouth of Glenwood Canyon.