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Kestrel Land Trust Applying for Re-Accreditation: Public Comment Invited

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In 2013, Kestrel Land Trust was pleased to become a nationally accredited land trust through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. This program recognizes nonprofit land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. After successfully renewing our status as an Accredited Land Trust in 2019, Kestrel is once again applying applying for re-accreditation, which is required every five years.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs based on the national Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices, which address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. Engaging in the first accreditation process in 2013 gave Kestrel the opportunity to assess our effectiveness, streamline our procedures, and improve our capacity to fulfill our mission. Each re-accreditation process ensures that our organization is able to continue successfully achieving our mission under the highest standards as requirements and conditions change over time.

A public comment period for Kestrel’s re-application is now open, and you are welcome to provide your input. The Commission is accepting public input in the form of signed, written comments submitted by May 3, 2024. Comments must relate to how Kestrel Land Trust complies with national quality standards in the LTA Standards and Practices. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. You can view or download the full list of standards here.

To submit a comment about Kestrel Land Trust’s re-application, please send it to the Commission by email to, fax it to (518) 587-3183, or mail it to Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

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