Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence

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Caption:  Stevens Island Rivershore Preserve in Canton. ALT conserves this 232-acre property for important floodplain and upland forest habitat and wildlife habitat along the Androscoggin River. In total, ALT conserves over 5,000 acres of land in the Androscoggin River watershed from Jay and Canton to Durham. Photo Credit: Courtney Mooney

AUBURN, MAINE (March 31, 2020) – One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1989, Androscoggin Land Trust (ALT) has been doing just that for the people of the Central and Western Mountains Regions of Maine. ALT is proud to announce it has renewed its land trust accreditation – proving once again that, as part of a network of over 400 accredited land trusts across the nation, it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.

 

“Renewing our accreditation shows ALT’s ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation in the Androscoggin River Watershed from Jay to Durham” said Dana Little, Board President. “We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process. Our strength means special places – such as those in our part of the Androscoggin River Watershed – will be protected forever, making Central and Western Mountains regions of Maine an even greater place for us and our children.”

ALT provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that ALT’s lands will be protected forever. Accredited land trusts in the United States now steward almost 20 million acres – the size of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, combined.

 

ALT recently celebrated its 30th year of conserving land in the Androscoggin River Watershed. In that time, over 5000 acres have been brought into conservation for critical protection of natural ecosystems and public access to outdoor recreation in four Maine Counties: Androscoggin, Oxford, Franklin, and Sagadahoc. In 2019, ALT celebrated its newest conservation project, known as the Pope Conservation Area – 35.6 acres on Lake Auburn that will help protect public drinking water quality and access to low-impact recreation.

 

“It is exciting to recognize Androscoggin Land Trust’s continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction,” said Melissa Kalvestrand, executive director of the Commission. “Donors and partners can trust the more than 400 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”

 

ALT is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census. A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits can be found at www.landtrustaccreditation.org

About the Androscoggin Land Trust

The Androscoggin Land Trust is a 30-year-old membership-supported non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, through land conservation and stewardship, the important natural areas, traditional landscapes, and outdoor experiences within the Androscoggin River Watershed. For more, visit www.androscogginlandtrust.org

About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission inspires excellence, promotes public trust and ensures permanence in the conservation of open lands by recognizing organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement. The Commission, established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts. For more, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org.

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