Accreditation – Your Input Needed!

We are Seeking Public Comment on Accreditation Renewal

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands. Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is pleased to announce we are applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. Executive Director Angela Twitchell notes that accreditation has been a positive force for the Land Trust. “Accreditation has brought a discipline to core aspects of our program. We have institutionalized best practices and are a stronger organization as a result.”

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, in a letter congratulating the Land Trust on its initial accreditation in 2012, stated, “It’s important that land trusts use best practices to ensure the sustainability of their organizations….It speaks to the strength of your ongoing commitment to serving our communities and future generations.”

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending accreditation applications.

Comments must relate to how Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust complies with national standards addressing the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit, or email your comment to Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Comments on Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s renewal application will be most useful by July 21, 2017.