The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority is applying for accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. Accreditation is an extensive evaluation by the Commission to ensure the organization’s policies and programs meet rigorous national quality standards. The process culminates in the awarding of an accreditation seal as a mark of distinction in land conservation. Should the Authority successfully achieve accreditation, it will be the first special district in the U.S. to become accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
“The Open Space Authority’s pursuit of accreditation demonstrates a commitment to the highest levels of professional excellence in land conservation,” said Dorsey Moore, Board Chair for the Open Space Authority. “In applying for accreditation, the Open Space Authority has strengthened its policies, procedures, and programs for land acquisitions and preserve management.”
The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Open Space Authority stakeholders may submit comments pertaining to the Authority’s implementation of Land Trust Standards and Practices by visiting www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or emailing to email@example.com. 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. The public comment period is open now and continues until November 11, 2016.