This seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation, with only 301 out of over 1,700 land trusts meeting national accreditation standards.

Eastern Sierra Land Trust is pleased to announce that it is applying to renew its accreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. A public comment period is now open.

In January, 2011, Eastern Sierra Land Trust first attained accreditation status. The accreditation seal (at right) indicates to the public that ESLT meets national standards for excellence, upholds the public trust, and ensures that our conservation efforts are permanent.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Allianceestablished in 2006, is governed by a volunteer board ofdiverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. The Alliance, of which Eastern Sierra Land Trust is a member, is a national conservation group based in Washington, D.C. that works to save the places people love by strengthening conservation throughout America.

Cattle by Stephen Ingram

ESLTconsiders this accreditation a vital way to ensure we meet the highest standards in the important work we do protecting our treasured Eastern Sierralands. Photo © Stephen Ingram.

In order to renew accreditation status, the Commissionconducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Eastern Sierra Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards, Click Here.

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) 36 Fila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Comments on ESLT’sapplication will be most useful if sent by November 13, 2015.