Tar River Land Conservancy Awarded National Accreditation

August 12, 2013

(LOUISBURG, NC) – After extensive review, Tar River Land Conservancy has been awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Tar River Land Conservancy is one of 230 land trusts from across the country that has been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awards its accreditation seal to community groups that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.

LTAC_seal_green“We are so happy to have reached this important milestone. It represents so much work and accomplishment, but also recognizes Tar River Land Conservancy as one of the elite land trusts in America,” stated Ernie Averett, President of the Conservancy’s Board of Directors.

Tar River Land Conservancy is now able to display a seal of accreditation indicating to the public that it meets the highest standards for excellence, upholds the public trust, and ensures that its conservation efforts will be permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.

“Tar River Land Conservancy’s accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation across the communities we serve,” noted Derek Halberg, Executive Director of the Conservancy. “Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation program.”

Tar River Land Conservancy has permanently protected 17,116 acres through conservation easements and land acquisitions since its founding in 2000. The organization’s mission is to preserve the natural and cultural resources of the Tar River Basin and surrounding areas by working in partnership with private landowners, public agencies and others to protect rural land, riparian corridors and ensure clean water. The Conservancy works with landowners to acquire land and conservation easements across an eight-county region of North Carolina – Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Nash, Person, Vance, and Warren Counties.

“Land trusts are gaining higher profiles with their work on behalf of citizens and the seal of accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission is a way to prove to their communities that land trusts are worthy of the significant public and private investment in land conservation,” noted Land Trust Alliance President Rand Wentworth.

Land is America’s most important and valuable resource. Conserving land helps ensure clean air and drinking water, food security, scenic landscapes and views, recreational places, and habitat for the diversity of life on earth. Across the country, land trusts have worked with willing landowners to save over 47 million acres of farms, forests, parks and places people care about. Strong, well-managed land trusts provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources, and safeguard the land through the generations.

For more information about Tar River Land Conservancy and how to work with them to protect your land, please visit www.tarriver.org. Visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org to learn more about the Land Trust Accreditation Commission’s accreditation program and how it is strengthening the work of land trusts across the country.