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Alachua Conservation Trust Achieves Renewed Accreditation

Alachua Conservation Trust Achieves Renewed Accreditation

Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT) has achieved renewed land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

“This achievement demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation that benefits the entire community,” says Tom Kay, Executive Director of ACT. “Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process.”

Alachua Conservation Trust was established in 1988 and serves the north central Florida community. The land trust has been involved in the protection of more than 50,000 acres and has directly participated in the purchase of nearly 18,000 acres.   Most recently ACT has added more than 505 acres to Little Orange Creek Preserve in Hawthorne, FL, which now protects more than 2,867 acres of prairies, bogs, hammocks, and pine forests.

Alachua Conservation Trust was awarded renewed accreditation this August and is one of 317 land trusts from across the country that are now accredited. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.

ACT is one of the first land trusts to achieve renewed accreditation, a significant achievement for the land trust and significant major milestone for the accreditation program. They are an important member of the accredited land trust community that protects more than three quarters of the 20,645,165 acres currently owned in fee or protected by a conservation easement held by a land trust,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “Accreditation renewal, which must be completed every five years, provides the public with an assurance that accredited land trusts continue to meet exceedingly high standards for quality.”

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