Invitation for Public Comment on Our Accreditation Renewal

We’re renewing our “seal of approval” as an Accredited Land Trust seal_green_Bulleted-Horizontal

Since its founding 38 years ago, the San Juan Preservation Trust has developed into one of the most accomplished land conservation organizations in the country.

We are one of a minority of U.S. land trusts that have been awarded accreditation by the independent Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Now, five years after first earning that distinction, it is time for us to apply for renewal.

As part of its extensive review of our policies and programs, the Accreditation Commission invites the public to submit signed written comments that relate to the Preservation Trust’s compliance with national quality standards. To see these standards, go to

The deadline for comments is November 11, 2016. To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit or send your comment to:

Land Trust Accreditation Commission
Attn: Public Comments
112 Spring Street, Suite 204
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Fax: 518-587-3183

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Art Auction for Mount Grant Preserve a Success!

Mt. Grant /plein air painting

The Plein Air Art Auction benefitting the Campain for Mount Grant Preserve has ended, chalking up a big success! The winning bids totalled close to $4,000, so with matching funds, the auction raised nearly $8,000 for the Campaign.

Thanks so much to all the bidders who participated, and especially to the participating artists, who all donated their works to the cause.

We’re that much closer to our fundraising goal, but the Campaign isn’t over yet. Thanks to all those who have donated. To those who haven’t, please consider pitching in here to help us reach the top.


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Mount Grant Campaign Update


The Campaign for
Mount Grant Preserve

CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Sept. 22, 2016


The big picture: A $4.2 million capital campaign has been in progress since March 2015 to make Mount Grant Preserve a reality. This total includes acquisition of the property; restoration of disturbed plant, wildflower, and animal habitat; trail building; signage and other visitor amenities; maintenance of the existing road so visitors may drive to the summit; and long-term stewardship of the preserve.

Where we are now: As of the beginning of our campaign “reboot” this summer, $3.2 million had been raised, thanks to more than 700 private donors and a $1.5 million commitment from the San Juan County Land Bank. That left us about $1 million short of our goal.

Several generous island families have pooled $500,000 in matching funds as a challenge to the community. This means that each dollar contributed until we reach the campaign goal will be matched fully! (See the list of supporters, so far.)

Tallying all gifts made to date, we are now $490,000 $450,000 $415,000 $382,000 $343,755 from our goal.

Let’s do this! Please make a gift to the Campaign for Mount Grant

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