Methow Conservancy Earns National Recognition
Accreditation Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

In 2012, the Methow Conservancy received a celebratory phone call informing us that we have achieved “accredited” status from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the national Land Trust Alliance.

The Methow Conservancy is one of only 357 land trusts from across the country that have been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. 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. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.

"Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “The accreditation seal lets the public know that the accredited land trust has undergone an extensive, external review of the governance and management of its organization and the systems and policies it uses to protect land.”

“The official ‘seal of approval’ we gain with this recognition is at its core an affirming reflection of the trust we’ve worked to earn in this community over the past two decades by putting the people and land of this valley first in all that we do,” noted Methow Conservancy Executive Director Jason Paulsen. “It is an honor and a humbling reminder that our role as a partner to landowners in this community continues forever into the future, and we commit to doing so at the highest standards for land trusts in our country.”

About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., awards the accreditation seal to community institutions that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. 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 from around the country. More information on the accreditation program is available on the Commission’s website,

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