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Lake George group seeks accreditation

Public comment period open

— The Lake George Land Conservancy is seeking land trust accreditation.

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.

As part of the accreditation process, a public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs.

“Going through the accreditation process requires attention to many details,” explained LGLC Executive Director Nancy Williams. “Even for a relatively small land trust like ours, the accreditation commission requires many standard procedures to make sure we’re conducting land acquisitions and stewardship properly. But we feel confident that the Commission will recognize LGLC’s efforts as a transparent, efficient, and trustworthy organization.”

The commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the Lake George Land Conservancy complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards go online at www.landtrustaccreditation.org/getting-accredited/indicator-practices.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs 12866. Comments on the Lake George Land Conservancy’s application will be most useful by Oct. 26.

To learn more about LGLC call 644-9673, go online at www.lglc.org.

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Lake George Land Conservancy is a non-profit land trust dedicated to working with landowners to protect the water quality of Lake George and to permanently preserve the natural, scenic, historic and recreational resources of the Lake George region. Since its inception in 1988, LGLC has preserved more than 13,000 acres around the Lake George watershed and 9.2 miles of lake shoreline.

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