Bayfield Regional Conservancy Earns National Recognition

The following post was written by our wonderful member Bayfield Regional Conservancy.

 

Bayfield, WI (August 15, 2017) – At a time of political change, one thing is clear and consistent: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love.  Since 1996, Bayfield Regional Conservancy has been doing just that for the people of northwestern Wisconsin. Now Bayfield Regional Conservancy (BRC) announces it has renewed its land trust accreditation – proving once again that, as part of a network of only 389 accredited land trusts across the nation, it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.

Bayfield Regional Conservancy had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation renewal. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded the renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that BRC’s lands will be protected forever.

 

Sue DeNuccio, Vice President of BRC’s Board of Directors, shared her perspective on the merits of accreditation.  “As a small land trust operating with a professional staff of two, the requirements for accreditation demand extreme diligence in addressing policy, process, and follow through.  The details are the devil, and the panel of accreditation reviewers don’t let anything fall through the cracks.  This means staff, board members, and volunteers must adhere to policy consistently.”

As DeNuccio underscores, “Accreditation means we can say to a prospective family wishing to protect their cherished property, we can do that forever.  We can say to grantors and partners, we are dependable and accountable for every dollar they invest in our work.  To the community; we are not just average, we excel at our work based on national norms.”

Accredited land trusts must renew every five years, confirming their compliance with national quality standards and providing continued assurance to donors and landowners of their commitment to forever steward their land and easements.  Almost 20 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas vital to healthy communities are now permanently conserved by an accredited land trust.

“It is exciting to recognize Bayfield Regional Conservancy with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “Accredited land trusts are united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. Accreditation recognizes BRC has demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”

BRC is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States according to the most recent National Land Trust Census, released December 1, 2016 by the Land Trust Alliance. This comprehensive report also shows that accredited land trusts have made significant achievements.

 

  • Accredited land trusts have steadily grown and now steward almost 80% of conservation lands and easements held by all land trusts.
  • Accredited land trusts protected five times more land from 2010 to 2015 than land trusts that were not accredited.
  • Furthermore, accreditation has increased the public’s trust in land conservation, which has helped win support for federal, state and local conservation funding measures.

A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits are detailed at www.landtrustaccreditation.org.

About the Bayfield Regional Conservancy

Since its founding in 1996, Bayfield Regional Conservancy has preserved over 4,650 acres of natural lands, waters, forests, farms, and places of scenic, historic and spiritual value in Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas and Sawyer Counties. It has helped protect special places like Houghton Falls Nature Preserve, Frog Bay Tribal National Park, the Lincoln Community Forest, and the North Pikes Creek Wetlands Community Forest among others.

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 need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. Based in Washington, D.C., and with several regional offices, the Alliance represents about 1,000 member land trusts nationwide.

The Alliance’s leadership serves the entire land trust community—our work in the nation’s capital represents the policy priorities of land conservationists from every state; our education programs improve and empower land trusts from Maine to Alaska; and our comprehensive vision for the future of land conservation includes new partners, new programs and new priorities. Connect with us online at www.landtrustalliance.org.