The Land Trust Accreditation Commission first offered land trust accreditation in 2008, and EVLT was one of a prestigious first group of 39 land trusts (out of over 1,500) to be awarded this designation. The Commission awards accreditation to land trusts that demonstrate compliance with each of twelve accreditation indicator practices drawn from Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust.

For the public, knowing that a land trust is accredited provides recognition and confidence that the land trust is engaged in the long-term protection of the land in the public interest. Accreditation also aids land trusts in fine-tuning their policies and streamlining their operations during the review process. The Commission conducts an extensive review of the application and grants accreditation only to land trusts that meet the rigorous standards.

Since 2009, the State of Colorado has implemented a certification program as a requirement for any organization that accepts donations of conservation easements with Colorado tax benefits. EVLT has achieved and annually renews its Certification as a Conservation Easement Holder through the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies’ Division of Real Estate.


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