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We’re Seeking National Accreditation!

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We’re excited to announce that we have applied for national accreditation through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places forever.


Per Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy Executive Director Whitney Gleason, “Gaining accreditation affirms to our funders, partners, and the public that we are working to the highest standards and practices in land conservation. It ensures that we have the proper policies and systems in place for acquiring new conservation lands as well as stewarding those already under our care for the benefit of our waterways, wildlife, and community.”


The application process includes an extensive review of the practices, policies, and programs of each applicant by the Commission to ensure applicants have demonstrated fiscal accountability, strong organizational leadership, sound transactions, and lasting stewardship practices for the lands they conserve.


To learn more about the acreditation program, visit, and to view a full list of standards visit

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