Jackson Hole Land Trust one of first in country to achieve renewed accreditation

(Jackson, Wyo.) – The Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) has just received their land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, making them one of the first land trusts in the country to achieve renewed accreditation.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission (LTAC) is an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. This renewed accreditation, earned after submitting extensive documentation and undergoing a rigorous review by the LTAC, verifies to the public that the JHLT operations as a land trust continue to be effective, strategic and in accordance with strict requirements.

“We are pleased to once again achieve this national recognition which demonstrates our continued commitment to land conservation, accomplished through strategic, effective, and trustworthy practices,” said Laurie Andrews, Jackson Hole Land Trust executive director and Land Trust Alliance board member. “We are a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process.”

The Jackson Hole Land Trust was established in 1980 by community leaders that saw private land conservation as an essential means to preserving the wildlife habitat, scenic views, ranching heritage, and community character of Jackson Hole. The Land Trust has since grown to become a leader in the national land trust community, and was one of the first land trusts to gain accreditation in 2009.

The Jackson Hole Land Trust submitted extensive documentation and underwent a rigorous review in order to be awarded renewed accreditation this August. It is one of 317 land trusts now accredited across the country. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent – a mark of distinction in land conservation.

“The Jackson Hole Land Trust is one of the first land trusts to achieve renewed accreditation, a significant achievement for the land trust and major milestone for the accreditation program. They are an important member of the accredited land trust community that protects more than three quarters of the over 20 million acres currently owned or protected by a land trust,” said Land Trust Accreditation Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “Accreditation renewal, which must be completed every five years, provides the public with an assurance that accredited land trusts continue to meet exceedingly high standards for quality and verifies their operations continue to be effective, strategic and in accordance with strict requirements.

The Jackson Hole Land Trust will celebrate this achievement together with Rand Wentworth, President of the Land Trust Alliance for the past 14 years, today from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at which Wentworth will share his perspective on the land conservation movement over the past decade and an interpretation of what the future looks like for land trusts and community-focused conservation.