The Land Trust Accreditation Commission (LTAC) granted accreditation to BTLT in August of 2012, certifying that BTLT meets “national standards for excellence.” This endorsement validates two years of effort by staff, board members, consultants, and volunteers to evaluate every aspect of BTLT operations against national standards. This work brought many improvements, including new policies to guide decision-making, a criteria-based review process for prospective conservation properties, a five-year strategic plan, updated bylaws, and a new focus on stewardship of BTLT’s conserved properties. This work is ongoing, as the reaccreditation process happens every four years.
BTLT was Maine’s first local land trust to hire a fulltime executive director, and the organization has continued to be a leader in the region.
We have served as both fiscal agent for and incubator of new organizations such as the Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA), Greater Topsham Trail Alliance, and Merrymeeting Food Council. In 1997, BTLT won the Land Heritage Award from the Maine Coast Heritage Trust in recognition of its outstanding work as a local land trust.