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Lake Placid Land Conservancy earns national accreditation

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Land Conservancy announced it has been awarded accredited status, a significant honor in land conservation.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, granted this accredited after an intensive review of the Lake Placid Land Conservancy’s programs and activities, as well the policies it uses to conserve land. The accreditation seal represents its strong commitment to meeting national quality standards for permanently protecting important natural places in the Adirondacks.

“We are incredibly grateful to receive this recognition,” says Lake Placid Land Conservancy’s Executive Director Kerry Crowningshield. “Accreditation ensures that our efforts to conserve land and water resources in and around Lake Placid are rooted in sound practices, and that our friends, neighbors and visitors will benefit from our efforts for generations to come.”

Lake Placid Land Conservancy is among 33 land trusts across the country to achieve accreditation or to have accreditation renewed thus far in 2021. The Conservancy joins the 445 accredited land trusts that steward almost 20 million acres of land, which equal the size of Denali, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Everglades, and Yosemite national parks combined.

“It is exciting to recognize Lake Placid Land Conservancy’s continued commitment to national standards by awarding this national mark of distinction,” said Melissa Kalvestrand, executive director of the commission. “Donors and partners can trust that the more than 400 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”

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