We are proud to announce that the WLAC has achieved national recognition and has been awarded accreditation by the The Land Trust Accreditation Commission. We are joining a network of over 450 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work. Our Past President Dave Deal shared:

 “The conservancy made the decision over 5 years ago to seek Land Trust Accreditation for several reasons. First, we felt it was important to adopt the high standards of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission to ensure we were following best practices throughout our organization. Second, we felt there was no more effective way to communicate to our many stakeholders the guiding principles we were going to use as we carry out our mission. The WLAC staff and board are to be commended for all of the hard work and demonstrated excellence it has taken to achieve this milestone.”

After a rigorous verification process by the Land Trust Commission, the WLAC has proven that we have sound finances, practice ethical conduct and responsible governance, and can ensure lasting stewardship. The awarded accreditation ensures we are operating at the highest possible conservation standards and signifies confidence that the WLAC’s lands will be protected, now and forever.

Current WLAC Board President Michal Hatch reflects on the WLAC’s ability to further protect the Walloon Lake watershed, in perpetuity, while accredited:

“Accreditation demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation in the Walloon Lake watershed, and we are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous process. This strength means special places, like Walloon Lake, will be protected forever – and forever is a long time!”

We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we have received and are sincerely honored to be part of this prestigious community of accredited land trusts. Thank you!