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LTAC seal green.jpgASA is an Accredited Land Trust

ASA has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. The accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands and demonstrate a commitment to excellence and continual learning and improvement. ASA is one of only 254 land trusts from across the country that has been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008 when the program began.

Executive Director Teri Ptacek explains, "Although we've spent the past year reviewing and documenting ASA's policies and programs to prepare our application, honing our standards and practices is something our board and staff have been working on since day one. It gives us peace of mind to know that the effort has paid off and that our work will endure."

"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.

Liz Gordon, a prior board member and conservationist who recently rejoined the board, said, "It's gratifying to see that the local grassroots conservation movement we started in farmhouses and barnyards 23 years ago has evolved into such a strong and professional organization today. My husband Thomas Christenfeld and I donated an easement on our Alleged Farm in Easton in 1999. We're glad to know its protection is made even more secure by having an accredited land trust behind it."

 

ASA is Applying for Accreditation Renewal in 2018

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. ASA was first accredited in 2013 and is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal after 5 years. 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. "Accreditation is more than compliance and paperwork. It is ASA's commitment to the communities we serve that we are here for the long haul. We adhere to best practices and commit to long term stewardship of the conservation easements we hold for the benefit of the public," explained Renee Bouplon, ASA Associate Director. Currently, 389 land trusts are accredited in the U.S. out of more than 1,700 land trusts nationwide.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how ASA complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards visit 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 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, NY 12866.

Comments on ASA's application will be most useful by April 27, 2018. ASA would be grateful to those that take a moment to provide comments on our quality of work.

The Agricultural Stewardship Association was founded in 1990 by farmers to protect agricultural land and ensure a future for farming in our region. To date, ASA has helped protect 17,815 acres on 114 properties in Washington and Rensselaer counties.


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