Connecticut Farmland Trust Earns Accreditation
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
12:10 p.m. EDT, September 26, 2012
The Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT) has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. With this recognition CFT becomes one of only six Connecticut land trusts to be so honored.
"Connecticut Farmland Trust is thrilled that the Land Trust Accreditation Commission has recognized our commitment to integrity and permanence," says CFT President Mike Fotos. "We're proud to be identified among the leaders of Connecticut's land trust community. Accreditation has delivered new energy to our mission: ensuring the healthy persistence of Connecticut's working lands, in perpetuity."
Since its founding in 2002, CFT has protected 27 farms and over 2,100 acres. CFT is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit that relies on ordinary Connecticut residents to support its operations. CFT is Connecticut's only statewide land trust, and the only land trust in the state dedicated solely to the protection of agricultural land.
Connecticut Farmland Trust becomes one of only 181 land trusts from across the country that has been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. Accredited land trusts are able to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.
According to the Land Trust Alliance, local citizens and communities across the country have come together to form more than 1,700 land trusts to save the places they love. Community leaders in land trusts throughout the country 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.
Said Nick Moore, CFT board member, "Accreditation stamps us as being conservation leaders and quality conservation partners. Achieving and, more importantly, maintaining that status will keep us on our toes as far as seeing pitfalls, problems, and solutions sooner rather than later.