Land trust accreditation is a mark of distinction, showing that a land trust meets high standards for land conservation.

Every accredited land trust completes a rigorous review process to demonstrate its fiscal accountability, strong organizational leadership, sound transactions and lasting stewardship of the lands it conserves.

Accreditation is a voluntary program administered by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Achieving accreditation demonstrates that a land trust has successfully implemented Land Trust Standards and Practices. Accredited land trusts range from all-volunteer organizations to national groups and protect more than 81% of all land and easements held by land trusts in America.

Benefits for land trusts

An independent external evaluation in 2018 of the accreditation program's first 10 years showed the significant impact of accreditation on building public trust and strengthening land trusts.

A infographic showing the benefits of accreditation in strengthening land trusts

Get started with accreditation

These courses provide an overview of what's required for accreditation.

Indicator elements

Indicator elements are selected from Land Trust Standards and Practices (the Standards) and used by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission to verify compliance with the Standards. The Requirements Manual – the document by which all accreditation applications are evaluated by the Commission — specifies how each indicator element is verified and enables commissioners to make decisions that are fair and consistent.

Guidance by category

Learn at your own pace with self-guided online courses or go deeper with detailed written guidance on each indicator element.

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