The Bainbridge Island Land Trust is excited to announce that it has renewed its land trust accreditation – proving once again that, as part of a network of more 400 accredited land trusts across the nation, it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.
“Renewing our accreditation shows the Bainbridge Island Land Trust’s ongoing commitment to permanent land, habitat and water resource conservation on Bainbridge Island,” said Jane Stone, executive director of the nonprofit.
“We are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process,” she added. “Our strength and continued community support mean special places — such as the Gazzam Lake Nature Preserve, Hilltop and the Grand Forest, and the Agate Passage Preserve — will be protected forever, making Bainbridge Island an even greater place for everyone, forever.”
The Bainbridge Island Land Trust provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that the Bainbridge Island Land Trust’s lands will be protected forever.
Accredited land trusts now protect and steward almost 20 million acres nationwide.
“It is exciting to recognize Bainbridge Island Land Trust’s continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. “Donors and partners can trust the more than 400 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”
The Bainbridge Island Land Trust is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States, according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census. A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits can be found at www.landtrustaccreditation.org.