BRANFORD — One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1967, the Branford Land Trust has been doing just that for the people of Branford.
Now, the BLT is pleased to announce that it has achieved national recognition as an “accredited land trust” — joining a network of more than 400 land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work.
“It is exciting to recognize the Branford Land Trust with this national mark of distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. “Members and donors can trust that the BLT, along with 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.”
During the past five years, and with the help of countless volunteers, the BLT has organized and provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction.
In August, the Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that the BLT’s lands will be responsibly protected forever. Accredited land trusts steward almost 20 million acres of land — the size of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.
“Accreditation demonstrates the Branford Land Trust’s commitment to permanent land conservation in Branford,” said Pete Raymond, president of the BLT. “We are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program. Our strength means special places – such as Short Beach Preserve, Van Wie Woods, and the Pisgah Brook Preserve – will be protected forever, making Branford an even greater place for us and our children.”
Today, the BLT owns more than 1,000 acres in over 130 parcels and holds conservation easements on another 400 acres. The BLT is run by volunteers and supported by over 500 member families and businesses. For more information, visit www.branfordlandtrust.org.
The BLT 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.