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May 2011

The Land Trust Alliance seeks Public Input on WPC's Conservation Standards

the Burke Building

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is applying for accreditation through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. During the application process the Accreditation Commission is seeking public comments on how the Conservancy complies with national quality standards.

"Accreditation with the Land Trust Alliance is regarded as a key benchmark for measuring the quality of a conservancy," said Tom Saunders, president and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. "The public's input is a significant step towards completing the accreditation process."

During the application process the Accreditation Commission is seeking public comments on how the Conservancy complies with national quality standards. The commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate specifically to how the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy complies with national standards for land trusts. These standards address the procedural, ethical and technical operations of a land trust. For the full list of standards see www.landtrustaccreditation.org/getting-accredited/indicator-practices.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org/current-applicants/action-public-comment. Comments may also be sent by fax at (518) 587-3183, or mailed to:

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments,
112 Spring Street, Suite 204,
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

The deadline for comments is July 2, 2011.

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for permanently protecting important natural places and working lands.

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