Lake Champlain Land Trust Earns National Recognition-Accreditation Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission-(Burlington, VT) -The Lake Champlain Land Trust is the first land trust in Vermont to be officially accredited by an independent commission of land conservation experts, one of just 39 out of 1,700 land trusts nationwide. “Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places 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 Lake Champlain Land Trust’s accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation using the best practices and methods,” says Chris Boget, Executive Director. “Our land trust is extremely proud to announce that we meet national standards for excellence.”The Lake Champlain Land Trust has been conserving the islands, lakeshore and natural areas of Lake Champlain since 1978. Thanks to its supporters, the Lake Champlain Land Trust is celebrating 30 years of partnering with local communities to save the important places along Lake Champlain. The Lake Champlain Land Trust has conserved more than 4,000 acres of land, 16 islands, and 16 miles of Lake Champlain shoreline. Over the years, the Lake Champlain Land Trust has safe-guarded an impressive inventory of land for public parks, beaches, hiking trails and wildlife habitats including critical conservation projects such as: Eagle Mountain Natural Area in Milton, Knight Island State Park in North Hero, Rossetti Beach in Colchester, Round Pond Natural Area in South Hero, and Split Rock Mountain in New York.The thirty-nine land trusts were awarded accreditation as part of the inaugural group at a special ceremony at the National Land Conservation Conference in Pittsburgh, PA last week.Chris Boget also noted, “We are proud to display the accreditation seal as a mark of excellence in our successful work conserving the lakeshore and natural areas of Lake Champlain. We welcome landowners and members to join us as we work to protect Lake Champlain for future generations.”About the Lake Champlain Land TrustFor more information, visit www.lclt.org(link is external) .