SUDBURY – Since 1953, Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) has been saving open spaces for wildlife and people in a 36-community region between Boston and Worcester.
Now SVT has renewed its land trust accreditation – proving once again that, as part of a network of over 400 accredited land trusts across the nation, it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.
“We are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process,” said Sudbury Valley Trustees Executive Director Lisa Vernegaard, in a press release issued this morning. “Today, we are even better positioned to work with our partners to protect and care for the vulnerable natural areas in our region.”
Sudbury Valley Trustees provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that SVT’s lands will be protected forever.
Sudbury Valley Trustees has helped to protect more than 8000 acres of natural area in the region, including the recently conserved Mainstone Farm in Wayland, Wayside Forest in Framingham, and Horse Meadows Knoll in Harvard.
“It is exciting to recognize SVT’s continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission, in a press release. “Donors and partners can trust the more than 400 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”
Sudbury Valley Trustees is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census.