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Connecticut Farmland Trust Earns National Recognition

The Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT) has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. With this recognition CFT becomes one of only six Connecticut land trusts to be so honored.

Accreditation recognizes CFT for meeting national standards for excellence.
PRLog - Sep. 24, 2012 - HARTFORD, Conn. -- For more information, contact:
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Connecticut Farmland Trust Earns National Recognition
Accreditation Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

[Hartford, Connecticut] – The Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT) has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.  With this recognition CFT becomes one of only six Connecticut land trusts to be so honored.

“Connecticut Farmland Trust is thrilled that the Land Trust Accreditation Commission has recognized our commitment to integrity and permanence,” says CFT President Mike Fotos. “We're proud to be identified among the leaders of Connecticut's land trust community.  Accreditation has delivered new energy to our mission: ensuring the healthy persistence of Connecticut's working lands, in perpetuity."

Since its founding in 2002, CFT has protected 27 farms and over 2,100 acres.  CFT is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit that relies on ordinary Connecticut residents to support its operations. CFT is Connecticut’s only statewide land trust, and the only land trust in the state dedicated solely to the protection of agricultural land.

Connecticut Farmland Trust becomes one of only 181 land trusts from across the country that has been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. Accredited land trusts are able 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.

“Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “The accreditation seal lets the public know that the accredited land trust has undergone an extensive, external review of the governance and management of its organization and the systems and policies it uses to protect land.”

As the land trust movement matures, funders and donors are paying more attention to the long-term integrity of these organizations.  “Working with land trusts who have gone through the accreditation process will help insure that grant funds are going to organizations that have made a serious commitment to long-term stability,” says Mary Anthony, Executive Director of the 1772 Foundation, located in Pomfret, Connecticut.  “Accreditation will become an increasingly important factor for the 1772 Foundation as we make land trust funding decisions.”

According to the Land Trust Alliance, local citizens and communities across the country have come together to form more than 1,700 land trusts to save the places they love. Community leaders in land trusts throughout the country have worked with willing landowners to save over 47 million acres of farms, forests, parks and places people care about. Strong, well-managed land trusts provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources, and safeguard the land through the generations.

Said Nick Moore, CFT board member, “Accreditation stamps us as being conservation leaders and quality conservation partners.  Achieving and, more importantly, maintaining that status will keep us on our toes as far as seeing pitfalls, problems, and solutions sooner rather than later.

“We’re in it for the long haul.”

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About The Connecticut Farmland Trust
We are the only conservation organization dedicated solely to permanently protecting Connecticut's Farmland. We are governed by a Board of Directors made up of people of various backgrounds including farmers and agricultural professionals. Since 2002 we have protected nearly 2,100 acres of farmland on 26 farms around the state, have assisted partners in the preservation of 789 additional acres, and have served as a leading resource on conserving Connecticut's working farmland.

About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., awards the accreditation seal to community institutions that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Commission, established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. More information on the accreditation program is available on the Commission’s website, www.landtrustaccreditation.org.

About The Land Trust Alliance
The Land Trust Alliance, of which Connecticut Farmland Trust is a member, is a national conservation group that works to save the places people love by strengthening conservation throughout America. It works to increase the pace and quality of conservation by advocating favorable tax policies, training land trusts in best practices and working to ensure the permanence of conservation in the face of continuing threats. 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the Alliance. The Alliance publishes Land Trust Standards and Practices and provides financial and administrative support to the Commission. It has established an endowment to help ensure the success of the accreditation program and keep it affordable for land trusts of all sizes to participate in accreditation. More information can be found at www.landtrustalliance.org.

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Last Updated:Sep 24, 2012
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