The Access Fund Seeks National Seal of Approval

05/08/2014

5/8/2014

Access Fund is pleased to announce that we are applying for accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

“Voluntary, independent accreditation will give the Access Fund greater credibility and respect with landowners, donors, public policy makers and other stakeholders,” says Access Fund Executive Director Brady Robinson. “I believe it will enhance our efforts to keep important climbing areas open and conserve America’s climbing environment.”

Accreditation is a mark of distinction in land conservation. To date only 254 of the nearly 1,700 land trusts in the U.S. have been accredited. The accreditation seal provides the public with an assurance that the accredited organization has the ways and means to protect important natural places forever.

The rigorous accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that demonstrate compliance with the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) Standards and Practices. The Standards and Practices are the ethical and technical guidelines established in 1989 by the LTA for the responsible operation of a land trust.

As an important part of the process, the Accreditation Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the Access Fund complies with the LTA Standards and Practices. For the full list of standards see www.landtrustaccreditation.org/tips-and-tools/indicator-practices.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org. You can email your comment to info@landtrustaccreditation.org. Comments may also be submitted to:
Land Trust Accreditation Commission
Attn: Public Comments
36 Phila St., Suite 2
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Comments may also be faxed to 518-587-3183.

Comments on the Access Fund’s application will be most useful if they are received by Sunday, November 23, 2014.