FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2021
Contact: Linus Eukel, Executive Director
(925) 228-1130 direct, (925) 788-7525 mobile
Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence
MARTINEZ, CA – Americans are united by land: we all strongly support saving the special places we love. For three decades, John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) has been doing that for the people of the East Bay. Today JMLT announced it has renewed its land trust accreditation. As part of a network of over 450 nationally accredited land trusts, JMLT is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.
“Renewing our accreditation shows JMLT’s commitment to permanent land conservation in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties said Linus Eukel, Executive Director. “We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process. Special places—such as Almond Ranch and Pacheco Marsh—will be protected forever, making the East Bay a more livable place for us and our children.”
JMLT provided extensive documentation for third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded renewed accreditation, putting JMLT in the company of land trusts that now steward almost 20 million acres. JMLT is supported by thousands of donors. With their generous support the organization has protected 3,500 acres. JMLT is proud that a highly efficient 84 cents of every dollar donated is applied directly to program activities.
JMLT is one of 1,363 land trusts in the United States according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census. A list of accredited land trusts and more information can be found at www.landtrustaccreditation.org.
About John Muir Land Trust
John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) protects and cares for open space, ranches, farms, parkland and shoreline in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. In a generation, John Muir Land Trust has become one of the leading forces for conservation in northern California. With 3,500 acres protected, many beautiful places in the East Bay 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. jmlt.org
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 9uality 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. www.landtrustaccreditation.org.