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Leominster, MA – The Trustees of Reservations today announced that the organization is applying for accreditation through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The Accreditation Commission certifies land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. A public comment period is now open for those who wish to contribute.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. Since it’s founding in 1891 by open space visionary Charles Eliot, The Trustees of Reservations have served as a leader in the conservation community, striving to set the highest standards of ethics and performance in their ongoing care and maintenance of 102 reservations located on 26,000 acres across Massachusetts. Accreditation will provide independent confirmation of the soundness of the practices of The Trustees of Reservations, and help lead the effort to continue to improve the operations of the land conservation community as a whole.
The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how The Trustees of Reservations complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see www.landtrustaccreditation.org/getting-accredited/2008-indicator-practices.
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission; Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518.587.3183; (mail) 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Comments on The Trustees of Reservations’ application will be most useful if received by December 28, 2009.
More About The Trustees of Reservations Statewide
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you, from every corner of Massachusetts, who share a deep set of similar values—a love of the land, the outdoors, and the distinctive charms of New England—and believe in celebrating and protecting them for ourselves and for future generations. Trustees’ volunteers, members, donors, staff, and governing board all “hold in trust,” and care for 102 special places called "reservations,” hence the name, The Trustees of Reservations.
Founded in 1891 by Charles Eliot, an open space visionary and protégé of the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, The Trustees of Reservations are the nation's oldest statewide land conservation trust and nonprofit conservation organization. With 102 reservations—all open to the public—spanning 73 communities and 26,000 acres, Trustees properties are tremendously diverse. From mountains and hilltops, to open meadows, parks, working farms, stately homes and gardens, beautiful country inns, 70 miles of stunning coastline and beaches, and five National Historic Landmarks, Trustees properties offer something for everyone.
Some of The Trustees signature properties include: World’s End in Hingham, Crane Beach in Ipswich, The Inn at Castle Hill in Ipswich, Ward Reservation in North Andover, Appleton Farms in Ipswich, Long Hill in Beverly, Chesterfield Gorge in Chesterfield, Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield, Monument Mountain in Great Barrington, The Inn at Field Farm in Williamstown, Notchview in Windsor, Naumkeag in Stockbridge, Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge on Martha’s Vineyard, Coskata-Coatue (Great Point) on Nantucket, Tully Lake Campground in Royalston, and the gold, LEED-certified Green Doyle Center building in Leominster.
In addition to protecting and caring for its many properties, The Trustees also provide hundreds of year-round programs and events that inspire people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors, and appreciate the history, nature and culture of the Commonwealth. Most events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members.
One of the largest non-profits in the state of Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 176 full-time, 22 regular part-time, and 350-400 seasonal staff with expertise in ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out how to apply for employment, request a speaker for an event, become an organizational partner, interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, or become a member, please contact www.thetrustees.org.
The Trustees: Conservation Leaders and Partners
A leader in the conservation movement, The Trustees have both served as a model for other land trusts, nationally and internationally, and worked with hundreds of community partners to preserve open land and the character of local communities statewide. In addition to managing and caring for its 102 properties, The Trustees hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 19,000 acres—a total larger than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts—permanently protecting scenic and natural areas from development, and have worked with communities and other conservation partners to assist in the protection of another 16,000 acres around the state.