Housatonic Valley Association and Sharon Land Trust Achieve Accreditation
Monday, August 25, 2014
The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) and Sharon Land Trust have just achieved Land Trust Accreditation from the The Land Trust Accreditation Commission (LTAC), an independant program of the Land Trust Alliance. The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA), the administrative host of the Greenprint Collaborative, and Sharon Land Trust were each recognized with Accreditation on August 25th, 2014.
Accreditation is the mark of distinction in land conservation and the “5 star rating” for this nonprofit sector. The accreditation seal indicates to the public that HVA and Sharon meet national standards for excellence, upholds the public trust and ensures that conservation efforts are permanent.
The Accreditation of HVA and Sharon Land Trust brings to 5 the number of Greenprint members in Connecticut that have been accredited to date. The others are Kent Land Trust (2010), Connecticut Farmland Trust (2012) and Norfolk Land Trust (2014). There are just 10 Accredited Land Trusts in Connecticut - including Granby Land Trust which was recognized today along with HVA and Sharon - and only 280 organizations that have achieved this mark of distinction nationwide.
“Applying for and obtaining accreditation as a land trust was both a challenging and gratifying experience for HVA.” said past President Bob Houlihan; “I think we took our highly respected organizational practices and culture to a higher level. Congratulations to all for reaching for this level of excellence!”