Accreditation by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission has been a long-standing goal of the Central Arizona Land Trust. Thanks to the hard work of the board and guidance from an outside consultant, we will be submitting our application in late August.  Accreditation is a mark of distinction in land conservation.  To date only 301 of the nearly 1,700 land trusts in the U.S. have been accredited.


As an important part of the process, the Accreditation Commission invites public input on pending applications.  Comments must relate to how the Central Arizona Land Trust complies with the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.  The easiest way to comment is to visit the Commission web site,, and click on “Comment on a Land Trust” link located on the home page. You can email your comment to Comments may also be submitted to: Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 36 Phila St., Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; or faxed to 518-587-3183.  Comments on the application will be most useful if they are received by November 1, 2015.


We feel confident that accreditation will strengthen our standing with landowners, government agencies, charitable foundations, and the individual donors who are so critical to our success.  The accreditation seal provides the public with an assurance that the Central Arizona Land Trust has the ways and means to protect important natural places and working lands in the heart of Arizona forever.


To preserve and protect open space, wildlife habitat, working agricultural lands and the scenic and cultural values of Central Arizona for future generations.


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Recently Central Arizona Land Trust received a very important letter (it even arrived via US Postal Service, as well as email).


This important letter advised us that our ‘pre-application’ for accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the national Land Trust Alliance has been accepted. Continue...