GREETINGS – the rains have finally come and although spotty, we will take every drop.
YOUR local land trust has been busy this summer building a promising partnership with the Verde River Institute, planning our September 10 Friend Raiser at Milagro Arts and checking the mail box daily for news of our national accreditation from the national Land Trust Alliance (and it arrived this week!). Continue...
We are excited to announce that on August 12 we achieved first time accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. Accreditation is a national mark of distinction showing that a land trust meets high standards for land conservation.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awards accreditation to land trusts that meet national standards for excellence, upholds the public trust and ensures that conservation efforts are perpetual endeavors. Accreditation is not a one-time action; it requires that CALT maintain the accredited status with renewal every five years. This ensures that all accredited land trusts continue to uphold the high standards and practices to ensure permanent protection for all conservation easements.
We are so proud to say that CALT is one of only 317 land trusts from across the U.S. that have been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. Each accredited land trust submits extensive documentation and undergoes a rigorous review. “Accreditation provides the public with an assurance that, at the time of accreditation, land trusts meet high standards for quality, and that the results of their conservation work are permanent.” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn.
Read more about from this story on page one in our Summer 2016 newsletter here.
The 2014 Farm Bill was a big win for the land trust community, providing billions of dollars for conservation, including $1 billion over ten years for conservation easements. Farm Bill programs create major opportunities for land trusts to protect high-priority farm and ranch lands, grasslands, wetlands and forests. The programs provide matching funds to conservation partners, so federal investments go further to protect America’s productive land.
Do you have a project that matches Farm Bill priorities? Here’s a breakdown of where to find funding. You can find more information through the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), which runs these programs. You can visit the dedicated Farm Bill web page at Land Trust Alliance here for more information.
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Want to help protect Central Arizona landscapes?
At CALT, we share your passion for the beauty and wonder of this special part of Arizona. To help protect the places we all care about, we’re seeking new board members with energy, creativity, talent and an interest in land protection. You don’t need to know much about the topic—we help each other learn—but if you have knowledge or experience in land protection, that’s even better! Please call us at (928) 445-7790 or email us at email@example.com to learn how you can make a real difference in preserving the Arizona we all love, now and for generations to come.
CALT IS AWARDED ACCREDITATION FROM THE LTA COMMISSION
FARM BILL CONSERVATION PROGRAMS
CALT SEEKING NEW BOARD MEMBERS
The Central Arizona Land Trust is an Arizona nonprofit corporation and is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) and a qualifying organization under Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code for the acceptance of conservation easements.
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