Mass Audubon Awarded Accreditation By National Land Trust Group
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA--Mass Audubon announced today it has been accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, which supports land conservation groups nationwide.
Accreditation provides Mass Audubon the benefit of an unbiased outside assessment from other land conservation professionals as the organization seeks to maintain its standard of excellence. The designation culminates a two-year process that included submitting extensive documentation and a rigorous review of the conservation leader’s land acquisitions and practices.
With more than 35,000 acres under protection, Mass Audubon is the largest owner of privately conserved land in the state. As such, it serves as one of the most influential land trusts in New England and helps engage the public in appreciating and supporting the preservation of significant open space.
Mass Audubon owns nearly one hundred wildlife sanctuaries from the Cape and Islands to the Berkshires.
This statewide sanctuary system offers extraordinary destinations for public visitation; conservation research and study; and places to engage visitors of all ages and abilities in a wide range of education programs and outdoor explorations.
In announcing Mass Audubon’s designation, Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn noted that “accreditation provides the public with an assurance that, at the time of accreditation, land trusts meet high standards for quality, and that the results of their conservation work are permanent.”
Mass Audubon leadership was delighted by the accreditation award. “Land protection is fundamental to our mission and the Commission’s approval reinforces the importance of that work,” Board of Directors Chair Jared Chase said. “As an accredited organization, our relationship with the Land Trust Alliance can only grow stronger.”
Mass Audubon President Gary Clayton said, “This designation enhances Mass Audubon's reputation as a model for responsible land conservation and stewardship, not only in how we approach our own projects, but as a willing partner with other conservation groups and government agencies."
Clayton specifically credited Director of Land Conservation Bob Wilber and Senior Land Protection Specialist Charlie Wyman "for their expertise and their pivotal roles in this long and important initiative.”
Wilber, who oversees Mass Audubon's land protection activities statewide, said “Receiving land trust accreditation is powerful validation of Mass Audubon operating at a high level as a private land conservation organization, reflecting our leadership role in the Commonwealth’s vibrant land trust community.”
To learn more about Mass Audubon’s land protection work, visit www.massaudubon.org/land.
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.