In 2014, the Ashby Land Trust received national accreditation through the Land Trust Alliance. Accreditation for Land Trusts must be renewed every five years, which means that 2019 is our year for renewal. As part of the renewal process the Ashby Land Trust is required to post a Notice of Renewal to allow interested parties to comment on our application directly to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Click the link below to see the Public Notice of Application and the various ways comments may be sent to the Accreditation Commission.
The Monitoring Committee has been tasked with reviewing all lands on which we hold a Conservation Restriction, including, Blood Hill, South Road Fields, Arnold Property (jointly held with New England Forestry Foundation) and the Morrison Property. All the baseline documentation and monitoring reports must meet the new accreditation requirements. Early in the year, we engaged Tim Silva to help the committee complete this work. Tim has been working closely with us, helping guide and write some of the necessary documents, and assisting us to update our monitoring policies and procedures. We have been working to review and compile all the necessary documentation to update both baselines and monitoring data. All the properties are in the final stages of review and sign-off. Thank you to Amy Aubertin, Sue Chapman and Bob Leary for their work on the monitoring committee this year.
About 15 years ago the IRS became concerned about the practices of some large land conservation organizations. In response, the land trust community, under the auspices of the Land Trust Alliance, began to develop a professional credential for land trusts large and small, based on long established best practices. To become credentialed, land trusts must engage in a self-assessment, review all policies and procedures and bring them into line with the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices, and provide several years of supporting documentation that show compliance with the Standards.