Excellence, Trust and Permanence
For 56 years, Mohonk Preserve has been setting the standard for long-term land stewardship as New York’s largest member and visitor-supported nature preserve. As part of our commitment to excellence in land protection, the Preserve is a longtime member of the Land Trust Alliance, and adheres to LTA’s Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical best practices for securing lasting land conservation.
In 2012, the Preserve took the next step in ensuring the promise of perpetual land protection by applying for accreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of LTA. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. In 2013, as we celebrated our 50th anniversary, the Preserve received our official accreditation.
Accreditation is not just a one-time action but is a tool to foster continuous improvement, requiring renewal on a five-year cycle. In 2018, the Preserve applied for renewal of our accreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. As part of the rigorous renewal process, the Commission reviewed the Preserve’s application, policies and programs.
In February 2019, we received notification that we were awarded renewal of our accreditation, which will run through 2024. In the Land Trust Accreditation Commission’s Summary of Findings, they noted that, “Mohonk Preserve has made an extraordinary commitment to excellence, trust and permanence in land conservation.” Further, the Commission took the extra step of awarding the Preserve renewed accreditation with “no expectations for improvements,” based on our full compliance with the accreditation requirements.
“We are proud to be part of the nationally accredited land trusts community, which now has over 420 members in 46 states,” said Mohonk Preserve President and CEO Glenn Hoagland. “I’d like to acknowledge our excellent accreditation renewal team, including Mohonk Preserve Vice President and CFO David Toman, Land Project Manager Ed Pestone, and Executive Projects Manager Ellen Sticker, for their hard work and dedication to this project.”
Mohonk Preserve looks forward to continuing to meet the highest standards of land conservation, stewardship and nonprofit management, and fulfilling our promise of saving the land for life.
Banner photo by Renee Zernitsky