Eno River Association Earns National Recognition

Accreditation Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

March 11, 2011 (Durham, NC) – The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, announced today that the Eno River Association has been awarded accredited status.
“Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “The accreditation seal lets the public know that the accredited land trust has undergone an extensive, external review of the governance and management of its organization and the systems and policies it uses to protect land.”

“The Eno River Association’s accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation in the Eno River basin,” said Robin Jacobs, Executive Director of the Association. “The work we did in anticipation of submitting our application for accreditation reinforced our confidence in the Association.  It also served as a reminder of our responsibilities to the community and to the land we have committed to protect in perpetuity, and made us a stronger organization.”

Founded in 1966, the Eno River Association was instrumental in the creation of the Eno River State Park in the early 1970s and continues to work actively to expand park holdings and preserve other important conservation areas along the Eno River, permanently protecting these places from the threat of development.  To date the Association’s efforts have resulted in nearly 6,000 acres of protected land in the watershed.

Conserving land helps ensure clean air and drinking water, food security, scenic landscapes, recreational places, and habitat for the diversity of life on earth. Across the country land trusts are working with willing landowners to save over 37 million acres of farms, forests, parks and places people care about. Strong, well-managed land trusts provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources, helping to safeguard the land for future generations.

The Eno River Association was one of 12 land trusts awarded accreditation this August. These land trusts join 93 other land trusts from across the country which have been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. Accredited land trusts are able to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust, and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.

“We are proud to have earned the privilege of displaying the accreditation seal,” said Milo Pyne, President of the Association.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., awards the accreditation seal to community institutions that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance established in 2006, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. The Alliance, of which the Eno River Association is a member, is a national conservation group based in Washington, D.C. that works to save the places people love by strengthening conservation throughout America. More information on the accreditation program is available on the Commission’s website, www.landtrustaccreditation.org.