Openlands Earns Land Trust Accreditation

February 19, 2013

Openlands is among 21 organizations to be awarded the national distinction of land trust accreditation. A total of 201 land conservation groups (out of about 1,600 nationwide) have earned this distinction. The awards were announced by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. This accreditation comes after a year-long review by the Commission. Openlands initiated the process in 2009 with an organizational assessment.

Openlands is the third land trust in Illinois to receive this accreditation seal, which 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.

Openlands’ land preservation work is essential to Openlands’ mission.

"Past generations started the important work of land conservation, and the work will continue with future generations," said Openlands Director of Land Preservation Emy Brawley. "Accreditation is a checkpoint along the way saying 'you are fulfilling your responsibility' as caretaker for this generation."

Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge

(Image: Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge)

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