Accredited Land Trust

Joe Wameling

Accreditation promotes public trust, ensures permanence

The Indian River Lakes Conservancy (IRLC) became an accredited land trust through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission in February 2017. Five years later, IRLC successfully renewed its accreditation in August 2022. Our current term of accreditation runs through August 2027.

Joining a national commitment to excellence

The accreditation seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation. Because the seal is a registered trademark of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, the Commission licenses the use of the seal to land trusts only after a rigorous process to verify the organization meets national standards. The seal identifies land trusts that are accredited and meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent.

Excellence  – Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them.

Trust  – Nonprofit organizations, including land trusts, are increasingly called on to demonstrate their accountability to the public. Accredited land trusts have voluntarily submitted their organizations to an external, independent review of their practices. As a result, accreditation provides the public with the assurance that the land trust displaying the accreditation seal meets established standards for organizational quality and permanent land conservation.

Permanence  – Land trusts help conserve land that is essential to our health and well-being. When land trusts agree to protect land for the benefit of the public, in most cases they do so by promising that the protection is forever. The accreditation program verifies that the land trust has the policies and programs in place to keep this promise, either by caring for the land itself or transferring the land to an entity that can.

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A Mark of Distinction

The accreditation seal AFFIRMS national quality standards are met.

Sound Finances

Ethical Conduct

Responsible Governance

Lasting Stewardship

“This accreditation seal demonstrates that IRLC is upholding the strictest standards of excellence in all aspects of land trust operations. Meeting these standards demonstrates the suitability of the IRLC as an organization and our commitment to protecting our land and water quality forever.”

– Wylie Huffman, Executive Director

Fun Fact

The Indian River Lakes Conservancy (IRLC) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2023! Starting with protecting 27 acres in 1998, IRLC has grown to protect and manage 2,732 acres in the Indian River Lakes region.