Standards & Practices
We work an active member of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA), a national organization that works on behalf of land trusts to increase the pace and quality of land conservation by advocating favorable tax policies, training land trusts in best practices, and working to ensure the permanence of conservation in the face of continuing threats.
LTA’s Standards and Practices provide comprehensive guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and are systems and procedures we follow very close. These guidelines are organized into the two categories of Organizational Strengths and Land Transactions, and our policies and procedures conform to these guidelines. You may view and read our approved policies and procedures here.
Our Audit Committee oversees an annual audit by an independent accounting firm. A review of the financial practices was part of our accreditation process. You can review our financial policies at the link above. Additional financial information will be posted on the website soon.
National Accreditation = Nonprofit Excellence
In 2008, we realized that accreditation was an important mark of distinction that would move us to the next level of professionalism. After a long and laborious multi-year process, we earned National Accreditation in early 2012.
Being accredited means that we meet national standards for excellence in upholding the public trust and ensuring the land we conserve is permanently protected. We join a select group of land trusts with this official recognition of excellence. Of the 1,700 land trusts located throughout the country, only 230 have achieved this seal of approval.
“Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever,” explained Tammara Van Ryn, Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission, Executive Director. To learn more please visit the Accreditation Commission.
Pictured above is our Land Protection Specialist, Danielle Rideout, receiving the certification of accreditation at the 2012 LTA Rally Conference.
Being accredited doesn’t mean that we can rest on our laurels. We continually strive to operate as efficiently and responsibly as possible as we meet our mission of protecting the best of Whidbey and Camano Islands. Despite all we’ve accomplished to date, we’re finding more to do, and in fact we’ve been increasing our pace of conservation work. Working with local landowners and our island communities to protect their land is more important now than ever.