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We're Seeking National Accreditation! A Public Comment Period is Now Open!

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is pleased to announce that it is applying 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. A public comment period is now open, and the Commission invites public input on the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s pending application through signed, written comments. Comments must relate to how the organization complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see

To submit a comment, or to learn more about the accreditation program, visit, or email your comment to Comments may also be mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866. Comments on Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s application will be most useful by Friday, July 21st.


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