Accreditation is a mark of distinction in land conservation. The accreditation seal signifies that Rensselaer Land Trust is committed to national quality standards for nonprofit management and land conservation. The national standards and practices are rigorous ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust. We have systems and policies in place to keep our promise of land protection in perpetuity.
Rensselaer Land Trust participated in the Land Trust National Accreditation pilot program and was one of the first thirty-eight land trusts out of over 1,700 in the nation to receive National Accreditation status in 2008. National Accreditation must be renewed every five years and we were among the first thirty-seven to achieve renewal accreditation in 2014. Land conservation and watershed protection work is forever. Accreditation and its renewal requirements are rigorous with high quality standards that must be met. Our attainment of accreditation, not just once, but twice with the renewal, proves to our members, donors, volunteers and funders that we are serious about our conservation work, and that we will be around in the future to steward our conservation easements, manage our nature preserves, and safeguard the natural resources and beauty of Rensselaer County. We are here to last and our work will benefit not only today’s generations but also future ones.