Land Trust Accreditation Renewal
The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The French Creek Valley Conservancy (FCVC) is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. FCVC considers accreditation valuable as it demonstrates to donors, volunteers, landowners and community members that FCVC is a well-run organization with the capacity to steward our properties and care for the French Creek watershed.
The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how FCVC complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Comments on FCVC’s application must be submitted by January 21st, 2019
The French Creek Watershed
A watershed worthy of protection
Beginning in Chautauqua County, New York, and flowing through the heart of northwest Pennsylvania, French Creek is nationally recognized as one of the most ecologically important waterways in the entire country. Hosting an astonishing 27 species of native freshwater mussels and over 80 species of fish, the Nature Conservancy has called the French Creek Watershed one of America’s “Last Great Places”.
French Creek Valley Conservancy is a private 501 (c) 3 non-profit land trust dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the exceptional water quality, natural habitat, biological diversity and recreational opportunities of the French Creek watershed. As a land trust, the French Creek Valley Conservancy holds land in fee, or the conservation values of land via and easement, in perpetuity, with the public as the beneficiary.
How does the public benefit from a land trust’s work? Land held in trust is a community and regional asset due to the land’s recreational value, aesthetic and cultural importance, significance as wildlife habitat, and water quality protection value – not just today, but for generations to come.