National Land Trust Accreditation

LTAC-sealIn September 2005, the Land Trust Alliance created a voluntary national land trust accreditation program based on an independent review of a conservation organization’s compliance with the Land Trust Standards and (Indicator) Practices. The program is managed by a Commission that is responsible for ensuring the highest level of accountability for the accreditation process. That process includes verification that a land trust successfully implements thirty-seven practices that indicate its ability to operate in an ethical, legal, and technically sound manner, and ensure the long term protection of the land entrusted to it in the public interest. In 2008, Tall Timbers began the arduous application process and submitted its voluminous application during the summer. After a thorough review of the organization’s systems and practices, and in particular, a deliberative analysis of its easement program, the Land Trust Accreditation Commission announced on February 25, 2009 that Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy had been awarded accreditation. The Commission awards accreditation to land trusts that demonstrate compliance with each of the accreditation indicator practices drawn from Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust. Accreditation recognizes a land trust’s commitment to continuous quality improvement. To ensure that accredited land trusts continue to meet national standards, accreditation is renewed every five years; in 2014 the Land Conservancy was re-accredited. The Commission commended Tall Timbers for the detail in its organizational planning documents as well as the strong scientific basis behind is land management planning. It also commended Tall Timbers for the excellent relationships it builds with the owners of conservation easement-protected land. For more information about accreditation, click here.

“We are proud to display the accreditation seal,” stated Kevin McGorty, Director of Tall Timbers Land Conservancy. “The accreditation process has enabled Tall Timbers to look within itself on how we can improve our operation to meet the goals of our mission and achieve greater public accountability in order to save the natural and scenic heritage of this region.”

Tall Timbers Land Conservancy was founded in 1990 and is considered to be one of the largest regional land trusts in the South. To date, Tall Timbers has saved over 128,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land on 82 properties in the greater Red Hills region of southwest Georgia and north Florida.