Submitted by Nisqually Land Trust

The Nisqually Land Trust is pleased to announce that it is applying for renewal of accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a national body that awards the accreditation seal of excellence to land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Land Trust was awarded accreditation in August 2013 and must apply for renewal every five years to continue to be accredited.

Founded in 1989, the Nisqually Land Trust is the lead nonprofit conservation organization in the Nisqually River Watershed. It currently owns and actively manages some 6,500 acres of critical wildlife habitat between Mount Rainier National Park and the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, including habitat for Chinook salmon, steelhead trout, spotted owls, and marbled murrelets, all of which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The Land Trust will submit its renewal application later this month, and the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, will conduct an extensive review of the Land Trust’s policies and programs. As a part of its review of the Land Trust’s application, the Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the Nisqually Land Trust complies with national quality standards addressing ethical and technical operation of a land trust. These standards can be viewed online.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit the Landtrust website, or email your comment to info@landtrustaccreditation.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Comments on Nisqually Land Trust’s application will be most useful by June 30, 2018.

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