Coastal Mountains Land Trust has renewed its seal of accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The Land Trust was part of the first class of Land Trusts to be accredited in 2008 and is receiving this accreditation for the third time as part of a network of over 400 accredited land trusts across the nation.

“It is exciting to recognize Coastal Mountain Land Trust’s continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction,” said Melissa Kalvestrand, executive director of the Commission. “Donors and partners can trust accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”

“For our community, the renewal of our accreditation demonstrates our organization’s commitment to permanently conserving more land in the 15 towns we serve in a sound and transparent manner that involves the community,” said Ian Stewart, executive director. “We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process. Our strength means special places – such as Hurds Pond, Mt. Tuck, Ragged Mountain, the Ducktrap River, Lake Megunticook, Beech Hill and many more – will be protected forever, and available for the community today and our children in the future.”

Beyond the ongoing construction on the Round the Mountain Trail on Ragged Mountain, the Land Trust is also working to connect the Beech Hill and Erickson Fields Preserves by trail and is seeking to secure an additional over 100 acres to the newly created Mt. Tuck Preserve in Stockton Springs and Prospect. A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits can be found at