Vail Daily letter: Comment on Land Trust
Ryan Summerlin November 13, 2013
The Eagle Valley Land Trust wants to ensure our work is the strongest and most ethical conservation possible. To further this goal, we were one of the very first land trusts to seek accreditation from our national association, the Land Trust Association, and in 2008 we were awarded accreditation. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. This process is very rigorous and demands extensive staff and board time to complete. Accreditation offers important benefits, such as expedited state certification of conservation tax benefits, and ensures that our conservation efforts truly are forever. It is for these reasons we gladly took on this burden in 2008.
Accreditation terms last five years, so we are pleased to announce Eagle Valley Land Trust is applying for renewal of our national accreditation. A public comment period is now open. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. We are contacting you as a community leader so that you may take this opportunity to submit any comments relevant to our conservation work.
The commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Eagle Valley Land Trust 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; 518-587-3183 (fax).
Comments on our application will be most useful if received before Jan. 3.
Yours in conservation,
Eagle Valley Land Trust