Help Shirley Heinze Land Trust maintain accreditation

 

Shirley Heinze Land Trust has announced that it is applying for renewal of accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. 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. Shirley Heinze Land Trust seeks to renew its accreditation for the assurance that the organization’s policies and practices for protection and stewardship of natural land are sound and that they uphold the public trust.

The commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Shirley Heinze Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards, see: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org or email your comment to info@landtrustaccreditation.org. 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, N.Y. 12866. Comments on Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s application will be most useful by Oct. 2.

Since 1981, Shirley Heinze Land Trust has preserved more than 2,700 acres of precious natural lands, wetlands, and waters across northwestern Indiana communities, engaged thousands of residents and visitors in local nature and conservation through outreach and educational programming, and provided countless opportunities for all ages to experience, explore and feel inspired by nature.

For more information on the work and nature preserves of Shirley Heinze Land Trust, visit www.heinzetrust.org, call (219) 242-8558, or access its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/heinzetrust.

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