GENESEO — The Genesee Valley Conservancy renewed its Land Trust Accreditation, a distinction signifying the organization’s dedication to protecting nature in the Genesee Valley region.
According to a press release from the Genesee Valley Nature Conservancy, accreditation requires conservation groups to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive review in order to to renew their status every five years.
“It is exciting to recognize Genesee Valley Conservancy with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, Director of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. “Accreditation recognizes Genesee Valley Conservancy has demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”
Genesee Valley Conservancy is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States, according to the most recent National Land Trust Census by the Land Trust Alliance.
The Conservancy has protected over 16,800 acres of natural habitat, productive farmland, and forest land since it was founded in 1990. In January, it created a Stewardship Endowment to ensure permanent funding to cover the financial costs of protecting land.
“The Genesee Valley is an area with a rich history, a very diverse land base, and a promising future,” said Ben Gajewski, Executive Director of the Genesee Valley Nature Conservancy. “Achieving renewal of our National Accreditation demonstrates to the public that we seek out independent oversight of our work, that we continue to meet the highest standards for land conservation, and the community is positioned to continue protecting the important habitats and working lands in the region for the benefit of generations to come.”