National Accreditation with the Land Trust Alliance


As a nationally accredited land trust, we believe in building an organization that is here to stay…

In February of 2019, the New Canaan Land Trust earned national accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance’s Land Trust Accreditation Commission. This mark of excellence has been awarded to just over 400 of the nearly 1400 land trusts throughout the United States who consistently demonstrate an ongoing commitment to operating at the highest national standards.
More than three years of preparation and documentation went into the accreditation process. This included a comprehensive third-party evaluation that validated NCLT’s sound finances, commitment to ethical and legal conduct, responsible governance and operation, and lasting stewardship of our properties.

“We are excited to recognize the New Canaan Land Trust with this national mark of distinction,” says Tammara Van Ryn, Executive Director of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. “It signifies our confidence that they will protect and steward their lands in perpetuity.”

This national accreditation demonstrates New Canaan Land Trust’s commitment to permanent land conservation in our community. We are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program. Our strength means special places – such as the Watson-Symington Woodlands and GreenLink Trail – will be protected forever, making New Canaan an even greater place to live.

Read more in the Land Trust Alliance’s press release, HERE.

We’ve always known that the New Canaan Land Trust was doing incredible work. National Accreditation is a major milestone for the land trust, and should give community members confidence to support their excellent work.

Lauren Patterson

President and CEO, New Canaan Community Foundation

We’re honored to attain this distinction. Accreditation helps elevate and underscore the importance of our mission and programs across New Canaan, the state of Connecticut, and among a national association of our peers.

Aaron Lefland

Executive Director, New Canaan Land Trust