Janae’ Reneaud Field, Executive Director of the Frontera Land Alliance, announced today that the local land conservation organization is applying for accreditation by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
“Voluntary, independent accreditation will give Frontera greater credibility and respect with landowners, donors, public policy makers and other stakeholders,” said Reneaud Field. “I believe it will enhance our efforts to protect open spaces, wildlife habitat, productive lands and traditional landscapes for the El Paso community and beyond.”
Accreditation is a mark of distinction in land conservation. To date only 342 of the nearly 1,700 land trusts in the U.S. have been accredited. The accreditation seal provides the public with an assurance that the accredited organization has the ways and means to protect important natural places and working lands forever.
The rigorous accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that demonstrate compliance with the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices. The Standards and Practices are the ethical and technical guidelines established in 1989 by the LTA for the responsible operation of a land trust.
As an important part of the process, the Accreditation Commission invites public input on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Frontera complies with the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices. The easiest way to comment on Frontera is at the Commission’s web site. Or you can email your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may also be submitted to:
Land Trust Accreditation Commission,
Attn: Public Comments,
36 Phila St., Suite 2,
or faxed to 518-587-3183.
Comments on the application will be most useful if they are received by November 1, 2015.
For more information on Frontera Land Alliance call Janae’ Reneaud Field at 915-351-8852.