Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia
104 North Main Street, Suite B3 ~ Jasper, GA 30143
Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia Earns National Recognition
Accreditation Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, announced Friday night that Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia (MCTGA) has been awarded accredited status.
“Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “The accreditation seal lets the public know that the accredited land trust has undergone an extensive, external review of the governance and management of its organization and the systems and policies it uses to protect land.”
"Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia’s accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation," says Dr. Robert Keller, Executive Director. “Our land trust was the first organization in the state of Georgia to go through the accreditation process and is a stronger organization today for having gone through it.”
Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia was founded in 1991 when a group of Pickens County, Georgia residents convinced a national timber company not to exercise their timber rights on the steep slopes of Burnt Mountain. Since that time, MCTGA has protected more than 1400 acres and working on projects in the North Georgia counties of Cherokee, Dawson, Floyd, Gilmer, Habersham, Pickens, Rabun and White.
The Trust is “dedicated to the permanent conservation of the natural resources and scenic beauty of the mountains and foothills of North Georgia through land protection, collaborative partnerships and education.”
Land is America’s most important and valuable resource. Conserving our land helps ensure clean air and drinking water, food security, scenic landscapes and views, recreational places, and habitat for the diversity of life on earth. Across the country, local citizens and communities have come together to form land trusts to save the places they love. Community leaders in land trusts across the country have worked with willing landowners to save over 37 million acres of farms, forests, parks and places people care about. Strong, well-managed land trusts provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources, and safeguard the land through the generations.
Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia was one of the inaugural group of land trusts recognized at the ceremony at Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on September 19th. Rally, hosted by The Land Trust Alliance, is the largest gathering of land conservationists in the country. Accredited land trusts are able to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent.
The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.
“I think that being able to be the first organization in the state of Georgia to display the accreditation seal speaks volumes of the hard work done by numerous individuals, past and present, associated with the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia,” says Dr. Keller.
About The Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awards the accreditation seal to community institutions that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance established in 2006, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. More information is available on the Commission’s website, www.landtrustaccreditation.org.
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