Madison Audubon seeks land trust accreditation!

Public comment period is now open

Pale purple coneflower at Goose Pond Sanctuary. MAS Photo

Pale purple coneflower at Goose Pond Sanctuary. MAS Photo

Madison Audubon is a non-profit that works to acquire, steward, and conserve land – in other words, a land trust organization. Back in 2012, we made a bold decision to seek national land trust accreditation, a mark of distinction awarded to organizations meeting the highest national standards for excellence and land conservation permanence. This is no easy undertaking. Indeed, of 500+ Audubon chapters in the U.S., there are only two that are nationally-accredited land trusts. We are pleased to announce that Madison Audubon will be submitting its final application for accreditation this September! A public comment period is now open.

What is accreditation? The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of an organization’s policies and programs. Think of it like an audit of how a land trust does business. It gets deep into the nitty gritty – policies, procedures, recordkeeping, finances, governance, land stewardship, and so much more. So we’ve been working diligently to demonstrate that Madison Audubon meets rigorous standards for excellence, accountability, and permanence of our conservation efforts.

 

Want to weigh in?

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Madison Audubon complies with national quality standards that address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.

To learn more about accreditation and submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email info@landtrustaccreditation.org. Comments may also be faxed (518-587-3183) or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Comments on Madison Audubon’s application will be most useful by November 6, 2017. Thanks for your help and wish us luck!

 

BANNER PHOTO: Storms brew over Lapinski-Kitze Prairie at Goose Pond Sanctuary. Photo by Tony Abate