Northeast Wilderness Trust is pleased to announce the renewal of its accreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. This recognition proves once again that the Wilderness Trust, as part of a network of 400+ accredited U.S. land trusts, is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.
“Renewing our accreditation shows Northeast Wilderness Trust’s ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation in New England and New York,” said Jon Leibowitz, Executive Director. “We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process. Our strength means the 37,000 wild acres, and counting, that Northeast Wilderness Trust safeguards will be protected forever, making the Northeast a healthy home not just for people, but for wildlife, too.”
To receive re-accreditation, the Wilderness Trust provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission’s award of accreditation signifies its confidence that Wilderness Trust lands will be protected forever.
Altogether, accredited land trusts steward almost 20 million acres in the United States – equivalent to the size of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island combined.
“It is exciting to recognize Northeast Wilderness Trust’s continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction,” said Melissa Kalvestrand, executive director of the 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.”
In 2020, the Wilderness Trust protected two properties in Vermont, and two in New Hampshire. In Vermont, the Wilderness Trust acquired Bramhall Wilderness Preserve in Bridgewater (356 acres) and Duren Mountain Wilderness Preserve in Guildhall (184 acres). In New Hampshire, the Wilderness Trust acquired the Jack & Margaret Hoffman Wilderness Sanctuary in Francestown (160 acres, pictured above), and an addition of 45 acres to its Binney Hill Wilderness Preserve in New Ipswich. In total, the organization stewards more than 37,000 acres of forever-wild land in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Since its founding in 2002, it has protected 44 wild landscapes. Half of those are owned by the Wilderness Trust, and half are properties owned by individuals or other organizations with legal wilderness restrictions, such as conservation easements, held by the Wilderness Trust.
Northeast Wilderness 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.
About Northeast Wilderness Trust
Founded in 2002, the Northeast Wilderness Trust conserves forever-wild landscapes for nature and people across New England and the Adirondacks. The Wilderness Trust owns Wilderness Preserves and Sanctuaries, and also protects land through legal means such as conservation easements. The organization currently safeguards more than 37,000 acres of wildlands in six states. It is based in Montpelier, VT.
About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission inspires excellence, promotes public trust and ensures permanence in the conservation of open lands by recognizing organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement. The Commission, established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts. For more, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org.