Land Trust Accreditation
National Land Trust Accreditation Preparation:
How Visjonær Consulting Can Help You
National accreditation provides public recognition of land trusts that are engaged in the long-term protection of the land in the public interest. It increases public awareness of, and confidence in, land trusts and land conservation. Land trusts use the accreditation application process as a way to fine-tune their policies and streamline their operations. The accreditation seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation. It recognizes organizations for meeting national standards for excellence, upholding the public trust and ensuring that conservation efforts are permanent.
Visjonær Consulting provides guided organizational assessments with respect to Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices (Assessing Your Organization or AYO in the parlance of the Accreditation Commission), assists land trusts in assessing their readiness for applying for national accreditation, and helps develop and implement plans for pursuing accreditation.
Visjonær Consulting brings an invaluable quality to the process of assisting land trusts to achieve national accreditation—a quality you'll have a hard time finding elsewhere: experience from personally having succeeded in going through the process of accreditation as a land trust leader.
Tim Jacobson led Mississippi Valley Conservancy as executive director as the organization prepared for, applied for, and received accreditation. This was accomplished with an organization holding a hundred completed conservation projects across a service area of 4.3 million acres.
Jacobson is an LTA-trained AYO consultant. And he brings another skill set: two decades of experience as an attorney and counselor-at-law.
Contact Visjonær Consulting today for a free consultation. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Should Your Land Trust Pursue Accreditation?
Click here for a detailed article about factors to consider in pursuing land trust accreditation, the benefits of accreditation, and the application process.
Accreditation Indicator Practices
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, provides independent verification of the 26 indicator practices from Land Trust Standards and Practices that show a land trust's ability to operate in an ethical, legal and technically sound manner and ensure the long-term protection of land in the public interest.
Standard 1: Mission
Standard 2: Compliance with Laws
2A. Compliance with Laws
2B. Nonprofit Incorporation and Bylaws
2C. Tax Exemption
Standard 3: Board Accountability
3C. Board Governance
3F. Board Approval of Land Transactions
Standard 4: Conflicts of Interest
4A. Dealing with Conflicts of Interest
Standard 5: Fundraising
5A. Legal and Ethical Practices
Standard 6: Financial and Asset Management
6B. Financial Records
6D. Financial Review or Audit
Standard 7: Volunteers, Staff and Consultants
Standard 8: Evaluating and Selecting Conservation Projects
8B. Project Selection and Criteria
8D. Public Benefit of Transactions
Standard 9: Ensuring Sound Transactions
9E. Easement Drafting
9H. Title Investigation and Subordination
9J. Purchasing Land
Standard 10: Tax Benefits
Standard 11: Conservation Easement Stewardship
11A. Funding Easement Stewardship
11B. Baseline Documentation Report
11C. Easement Monitoring
11E. Enforcement of Easements
Standard 12: Fee Land Stewardship
12A. Funding Land Stewardship
12C. Land Management
12D. Monitoring Land Trust Properties
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