The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, announced that the National Committee for the New River (NCNR) has been awarded accredited status.
“Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “The accreditation seal lets the public know that the accredited land trust has undergone an extensive, external review of the governance and management of its organization and the systems and policies it uses to protect land.”
NCNR’s accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation,” says Executive Director George Santucci. “We are a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation program.”
NCNR envisions a permanently protected New River as a treasured natural resource. The mission of NCNR is to advocate for successful protection of the New River, to restore eroding river and stream banks, and to permanently protect land along the New River.
Land is America’s most important and valuable resource. Conserving land helps ensure clean air and drinking water, food security, scenic landscapes and views, recreational places, and habitat for the diversity of life on earth. Across the country, local citizens and communities have come together to form land trusts to save the places they love. Community leaders in land trusts throughout the country have worked with willing landowners to save over 37 million acres of farms, forests, parks and places people care about. Strong, well-managed land trusts provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land and water resources, and safeguard the land through the generations.
NCNR was awarded accreditation this February and is one of 130 land trusts from across the country that has been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. Accredited land trusts are able 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. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., awards the accreditation seal to community institutions that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, was established in 2006, and is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. The Alliance, of which NCNR is a member, is a national conservation group based in Washington, D.C. that works to save the places people love by strengthening conservation throughout America. More information on the accreditation program is available on the Commission’s website, www.landtrustaccreditation.org. More information on the Alliance is available at www.landtrustalliance.org.
“We are proud to display the accreditation seal. NCNR worked diligently to earn this professional distinction. Landowners, other organizations and community groups throughout the watershed can feel confident in their work with NCNR. Accreditation recognizes our high ethical and professional standards in land trust work,” noted Board of Directors President, Henry Doss.
NCNR works in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia’s New River watershed. The organization has protected over 7,000 acres of land important to the New River’s water quality, scenic and natural values, and has stabilized nearly 70 miles of river and stream bank.