Black Swamp Conservancy Earns National Recognition Accreditation Promotes Public Trust, Ensures Permanence

Black Swamp Conservancy today announced it has achieved accreditation – a mark of distinction in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that Black Swamp Conservancy’s lands will be protected forever.

Almost 15 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas vital to healthy communities – an area about the size of the state of West Virginia – are permanently conserved by an accredited land trust.

“Accreditation demonstrates Black Swamp Conservancy’s commitment to permanent land conservation in northwest Ohio,” said Rob Krain, the Conservancy’s Executive Director. “We’re a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program and this strength will help make our community an even better place for us and our children.”

Black Swamp Conservancy has permanently preserved more than 16,000 acres in northwest Ohio, representing some of the region’s finest woods, wetlands, prairies and family farms.

The Conservancy was among 38 land trusts across the United States to achieve accreditation or to have accreditation renewed in August. Black Swamp Conservancy joins the more than 350 accredited land trusts that demonstrate their commitment to professional excellence through accreditation, helping to maintain the public’s trust in their work.

“It is exciting to recognize Black Swamp Conservancy with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “Accredited land trusts stand together, united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. This network of land trusts has demonstrated fiscal accountability, strong organizational leadership and lasting stewardship of conservation land.”

Each accredited land trusts meets extensive documentation requirements and undergoes a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation application. The process is rigorous and strengthens land trusts so they can help landowners and communities achieve their goals.

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.

About the Land Trust Alliance

Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents more than 1,100 member land trusts supported by more than 100,000 volunteers and 5 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C. and operates several regional offices. More information about the Alliance is available at www.landtrustalliance.org.