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

Sun, Jun 12th 2011, 20:34. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – April 14, 2011 – 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.”

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

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or sent by fax at (518) 587-3183. 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.



About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC helped to establish ten state parks, conserved nearly 230,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Mill Run, Pa. that symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 12,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. For more information, visit

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