John Muir Land Trust Earns National Recognition


August 24, 2016
Contact: Linus Eukel, Executive Director
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Accreditation Promotes Public Trust, Ensures Permanence

MARTINEZ, CA — John Muir Land Trust (JMLT), with 2,500 acres under stewardship in Contra Costa County, today announced it has achieved national accreditation — a mark of distinction in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that John Muir Land Trust’s lands will be protected forever.

Land trusts around the country work to preserve natural lands for open space protection and public enjoyment. Almost 15 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas vital to healthy communities — an area about the size of the state of West Virginia — are permanently conserved by an accredited land trust.

“Accreditation demonstrates John Muir Land Trust’s commitment to permanent land conservation in East Bay communities,” said Linus Eukel, Executive Director. “We’re an even stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program, and primed to make our beautiful part of the world an even better place for us, for our children, and for the plant and animal communities with whom we share these lands. We’re excited to have achieved this milestone.”

John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) protects and cares for open space, ranches, farms, parkland and shoreline in Contra Costa County. JMLT and its supporters have conserved thirteen special places — beautiful landscapes permanently preserved for invaluable public benefits, including clean water and healthy outdoor recreation, ecological integrity and wildlife corridors, and spectacular scenic views. Popular places such as Fernandez Ranch, Acalanes Ridge, and Mount Wanda are among them.

John Muir Land Trust was one of 38 land trusts across the United States to achieve accreditation or to have accreditation renewed in August. JMLT joins the more than 350 accredited land trusts that demonstrate their commitment to professional excellence through accreditation, helping to maintain the public’s trust in their work.

“It is exciting to recognize John Muir Land Trust with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “Accredited land trusts stand together, united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. This network of land trusts has demonstrated fiscal accountability, strong organizational leadership and lasting stewardship of conservation land.”

Each accredited land trusts meets extensive documentation requirements and undergoes a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation application. The process is rigorous and strengthens land trusts so they can help landowners and communities achieve their goals.

About John Muir Land Trust

John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) protects and cares for open space, ranches, farms, parkland and shoreline in Contra Costa County. In 25 short years, John Muir Land Trust has become one of the leading forces for conservation in northern California. With 2,500 acres under stewardship, many beautiful places in Contra Costa County are permanently preserved for recreation, wildlife habitat and spectacular scenic views. JMLT believes that the vitality of our open spaces is essential to the health of our earth, air, water, native plants and animals – and all of us.

About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission inspires excellence, promotes public trust and ensures permanence in the conservation of open lands by recognizing organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement. The Commission, established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts. landtrustaccreditation.org

About the Land Trust Alliance

Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents more than 1,100 member land trusts supported by more than 100,000 volunteers and 5 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, DC and operates several regional offices. More information about the Alliance is available at landtrustalliance.org