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Two residents of the West Branch in downtown Tucson overlooking a refugia pond. The Trust has been involved in an ongoing restoration project there for the last three years.

Accreditation Notification

The Land Trust Accreditation Program recognizes conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.  The Arizona Land and Water Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation.  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.  According to Liz Petterson, "The goal of this program is to increase public awareness of, and confidence in, our work and to help ensure that Southern Arizona land and water protected today stays protected forever."

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications.  Comments must relate to how the Arizona land and Water Trust complies with national quality standards.  These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust.  For the full list of standards see 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, NY 12866.  You may also visit the Trust's website at www.alwt.org and click on the accreditation link.  Comments on the Arizona Land and Water Trust's application will be most useful by December 31, 2012.