“Being accredited illustrates to our community that we are working at the highest level of competency in our field. It is a promise that VES Land Trust strictly adheres to the industry’s best practices when working on new conservation easements and stewarding those already in place,” commented John Edmund Tankard III, VES Land Trust President.
VES Land Trust first became accredited in 2011. The process is rigorous and strengthens land trusts so they can help landowners and communities achieve their goals.
VES Land Trust is one of the more than 400 accredited land trusts that demonstrate their commitment to professional excellence through accreditation, helping to maintain the public’s trust in their work. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded renewed accreditation in 2016, signifying its confidence that VES Land Trust’s lands will be protected forever.
“It is exciting to recognize VES Land Trust with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. “Accredited land trusts stand together, united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. This network of land trusts has demonstrated fiscal accountability, strong organizational leadership and lasting stewardship of conservation land.”
Each accredited land trusts must apply for renewal every five years and undergoes a comprehensive review as part of its renewal application. VES Land Trust first became accredited in 2011. The process is rigorous and strengthens land trusts so they can help landowners and communities achieve their land conservation goals.
Read Land Trust Alliance's winter 2019 Saving Land feature article “The Impact of Accreditation,” which details a new report quantifying the impact of the first 10 years of the accreditation program.