Thursday, August 19, 2021

French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust Earns Renewed Accreditation

After an extensive review, the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, the national accrediting body for land trusts, has announced that
French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust accredited status has been renewed. 

Every five years. French & Pickering goes through a rigorous verification process to ensure that it has sound finances, practices ethical conduct and responsible governance and can ensure lasting stewardship of its protected lands.

"Renewing our accreditation shows French & Pickering's ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation in northern Chester County," said Kersten Appler, Director of Development and Operations. "We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process. Our strength means special places such as the Thomas P. Bentley Nature Preserve will be protected forever, making northern Chester County an even greater place for us and our children."

French & Pickering provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation as part of the reaccreditation process.

Accredited land trusts now steward almost 20 million acres - the size of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.

"It is exciting to recognize French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust's continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction," said Melissa Kalvestrand, Executive Director of the Commission. "Donors and partners can trust the more than 450 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship."

The French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust has protected more than 13,000 acres in northern Chester County through purchases, conservation easements and public/private partnerships. 

The nonprofit organization works with landowners, townships, foundations and the state and county to purchase and monitor conservation easements, create parkland and preserve environmentally sensitive land.

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[Posted: August 19, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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