One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces we love. Since 2003, North Shore Land Alliance has been doing just that for the people of Long Island’s north shore. Now the Land Alliance is proud to announce we have been reaccredited by the national Land Trust Alliance– proving once again that, as part of a network of over 400 accredited land trusts across the nation, we are committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in our conservation work.
“Renewing our accreditation shows the Land Alliance’s ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation in our community,” said Hoyle Jones, Land Alliance Board Chair. “We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process. Our strength means special places – such as the Humes property – will be protected forever, making the Village of Mill Neck an even better place for us and our children.”
The Land Alliance provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that North Shore Land Alliance lands will be protected forever. Accredited land trusts now steward almost 20 million acres – the size of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.
Since the beginning the Land Alliance has protected more than 1,200 of the north shore’s most environmentally significant lands – lands that recharge our drinking water, protect our beaches and bays from harmful stormwater runoff, absorb carbon emissions, provide habitat for plants and animals and grow our food.
“It is exciting to recognize the Land Alliance’s continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “Donors and partners can trust that the more than 400 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance and lasting stewardship.”
The North Shore Land Alliance is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census. A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits can be found at www.landtrustaccreditation.org.
The Land Alliance is very grateful to our members and friends who said positive things about us during the public comment period of the accreditation process. It takes a village and we are proud to be a part of your tribe.