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 protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.
Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.