Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Western PA Conservancy Earns National Land Trust Accreditation Renewal

The Western PA Conservancy Wednesday announced it received its renewed land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, the Conservancy announced today.
“Achieving renewed land trust accreditation confirms that the Conservancy continues to protect Western Pennsylvania’s important natural areas, scenic landscapes, rivers and streams with the highest standards of care required by the Land Trust Alliance,” said Tom Saunders, president and CEO of the Western PA Conservancy.
First accredited in 2012, the Conservancy is one of 389 accredited land trusts nationwide. Accredited land trusts must renew every five years, confirming their compliance with national quality standards and providing continued assurance to donors and landowners of their commitment to forever steward their land.
To achieve renewed accreditation, WPC had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive review.
“It is exciting to recognize the Western PA Conservancy with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “Accredited land trusts are united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. Accreditation recognizes the Western PA Conservancy has demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance and lasting stewardship.”
Established in 1932, WPC helped to establish ten state parks—including Ohiopyle, McConnells Mill and Moraine—and conserved more than 254,000 acres of natural lands. The Conservancy also owns and manages more than 13,000 acres of nature reserves across the region, including the 5,000-acre Bear Run Nature Reserve in Fayette County.
In addition to its land conservation and stewardship work, the Conservancy has also protected or restored more than 3,000 miles of rivers and streams. WPC operates and preserves the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, Fallingwater, and enriches the region’s cities and towns through 132 community gardens, tree plantings and other green spaces.
Based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the Land Trust Accreditation Commission awards the accreditation seal to organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement.
The Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance established in 2006, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts.
The Alliance, of which WPC is a member, is a national land conservation organization based in Washington, D.C. that works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America.
More information is available on programs, initiatives and special events at the Western PA Conservancy website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Conservancy, Like them on Facebook, Follow them on Twitter, add them to your Circle on Google+, join them on Instagram, visit the Conservancy’s YouTube Channel or add them to your network on Linkedin.  Click Here to support their work.
(Photo: Elk State Forest, McKean County.)

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