The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The San Juan Preservation Trust first earned the coveted “Accredited” stamp of approval in 2012, and successfully renewed our accredited status in 2017. Now it’s time for another five-year renewal.

We are therefore pleased to announce we are applying to renew our accredited status with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs.

“Applying for accreditation is a major undertaking,” says Angela Anderson, the Preservation Trust’s executive director, “but it’s a valuable process. Maintaining the commission’s high, comprehensive standards of excellence makes us better as a conservation organization, internally. Having the ‘Accredited’ seal appear beside our name also demonstrates to the outside world that we do our utmost to fulfill our mission and are worthy of our members’ generous support.”

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the San Juan Preservation Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. You can see the full list of standards here.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit, or email your comment to Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Comments on SJPT’s application will be most useful if received by June 18, 2022.