Accreditation Awarded by the
Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain (LTMCP) has been awarded accredited status by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. LTMCP is the first accredited land trust in the state of Mississippi and one of only 53 in the nation.
“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.”
“LTMCP’s accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation,” says Judy Steckler, Executive Director. “Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation program.”
The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain was founded in 2000 and works in the six coastal counties of Mississippi. The land trust has worked with conservation-minded landowners and local authorities to protect over 1500 acres of valuable wetlands and environmentally significant land in the region.
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 trust provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources, and safeguard the land through the generations.
The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain was one of 14 land trusts awarded accreditation this February. These land trusts join the inaugural group of 39 land trusts awarded accreditation at a special ceremony in September 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 established in 2006, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. The Alliance, of which LTMCP 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 as a symbol of this prestigious achievement.” – Harold Holmes, LTMCP Board President