DLC is an Accredited Land Trust


“Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. 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.”     

– Land Trust Accreditation Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn

In 2009, the DLC was first awarded accredited status by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, demonstrating DLC’s commitment to permanent land conservation.  The DLC was in the initial round of applicants becoming one of the first 54 accredited land trusts (out of 1,400) in the country.

The process provided us with an opportunity to evaluate our current practices against a detailed framework, and we instituted some new policies and procedures to make us even more effective than before. While we have always held ourselves to the highest standards, we are now stronger than ever having gone through the rigorous accreditation process.

The DLC displays a seal indicating to the public that we meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that our conservation efforts are permanent. We are proud to exhibit this seal – a true mark of distinction in land conservation.

Update:  February 26, 2020 – We are pleased to announce that our Land Trust Accreditation, originally granted in 2009, has been renewed for another five years. We are one of only 443 land trusts from across the country that are now accredited.