Everyone in the land trust community is invited to take part in a national dialogue this week. Starting today, the Land Trust Alliance
is holding a series of conference calls and an ongoing dialogue on the landtrust listserv. LTA is seekig comments on the proposed accreditation and training program for land trusts. The conference call schedule is below... note, you must register to join the calls.
Western US: April 18 at 10:00 am Pacific Time (1:00 Eastern)
AK, WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, CA, NV, UT, AZ, CO, NM, HI
Central US: April 19 at 10:00 am Central Time (11:00 Eastern)
ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, TX, MN, IA, MO, AR, LA, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, KY, TN, MS, AL
Eastern US: April 20 at 10:00 am Eastern Time
ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI, NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, NC, SC, GA, FL
National: April 21 at Noon Eastern Time (9:00 Pacific; 10:00 Mountain; 11:00 Central)
All land trusts are invited to participate in this call.
To register, go here
To join the listserv, go here
According to the letter to the listserv put out by the LTA, here are the goals of the discussionBased on the input received to date and after much debate and discussion in several multi-day meetings, we recommend for discussion that accreditation, supported by training and technical assistance, is the best way to build strong land trusts and ensure the credibility of the land trust community. Our proposed recommendations include:
•One voluntary accreditation program based on Land Trust Standards and Practices with two designations: core practices implementation and full implementation of Land Trust Standards and Practices.
•Accreditation based on land trust functions: for all organizations, proficiency in basic organization skills; and, as applicable, proficiency in skills needed to conduct basic transactions, to hold conservation easements, and to hold fee-title.
•A program of training and technical assistance to help land trusts be successful in accreditation, beginning with specific resources linked to implementing the core practices.
Many individuals who might not otherwise participate in the land trustlistservmaysignup this week solely to participate in the proposed land trust accreditation program dialogue. Because of this, we respectfully request that non-critical messages be withheld until the listserv dialogue ends (April 22.)
Got an opinion? Join in.