Bayou Land Conservancy renews accreditation

Since 1996, Bayou Land Conservancy (BLC), has been saving open spaces for the Houston region. Now, BLC has renewed its land trust accreditation – proving once again that, as part of a network of 398 accredited land trusts across the nation, it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.

“Renewing our accreditation shows BLC’s ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation in the Houston region,” said Jill Boullion, 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 The Spring Creek Greenway – will be protected forever, making the Houston region an even greater place for us and our children.”

Accredited land trusts must renew every five years, confirming their compliance with national quality standards and providing continued assurance to donors and landowners of their commitment to forever steward their land and easements. Almost 20 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas are now conserved by an accredited land trust.
Bayou Land Conservancy protects land along streams for flood control, water quality and wildlife. BLC is an accredited, community-sponsored land preservation organization working to permanently protect land, with a focus on the 13 watersheds that feed Lake Houston, the primary source of drinking water for millions in the region. Its vision is a protected network of green spaces that connect people to nature.

BLC has protected nearly 12,500 acres at 59 preserves in the Houston region, including about 2,500 acres on the Spring Creek Greenway. The greenway is the longest, contiguous, urban, forested greenway in the country and welcomes thousands of visitors each year on its scenic trails. BLC is currently constructing the 13-mile Spring Creek Nature Trail, which is  expected to be complete later in 2018.

BLC is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States, according to the most recent National Land Trust Census,  released December 1, 2016 by the Land Trust Alliance. This comprehensive report also shows that accredited land trusts have made significant achievements.

• Accredited land trusts have steadily grown and now steward almost 80 percent of conservation lands and easements held by all land trusts.
• Accredited land trusts protected five times more land from 2010 to 2015 than land trusts that were not accredited.

• Furthermore, accreditation has increased the public’s trust in land conservation, which has helped win support for federal, state and local conservation funding measures.

A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits are detailed online at landtrustaccreditation.org/.
Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is based in Washington, D.C. and operates several regional offices.

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