Public Notice: Request for Feedback

Northern Waters Land Trust is seeking renewal of accreditation.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission would like to hear from you on NWLT’s programs.

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Northern Waters Land Trust 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.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Northern Waters Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see

Submit comments:

Land Trust Accreditation Commission
Attn: Public Comments
36 Phila Street, Suite 2
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Comments on Northern Waters Land Trust’s application will be most useful when submitted by Friday, March 22, 2024.

Thank you in advance for you time and perspective on Northern Waters Land Trust’s renewal of accreditation.


Annie Knight

Executive Director


Northern Waters Land Trust completed the rigorous review process and became accredited by the Land Trust Alliance the summer of 2019. 

Joining a national commitment to excellence

We are part of the more than 442 accredited land trusts who demonstrate their commitment to professional excellence, helping to maintain the public’s trust in their work.

Northern Waters Land Trust is only the second organization in Minnesota to earn this valued accreditation. 

Each accredited land trust must apply for renewal every five years and undergoes a comprehensive review as part of its renewal application. The process is rigorous and strengthens the land trust so they can help landowners and communities achieve their conservation goals.

What does accreditation mean for a land trust? 

Accreditation means that this land trust abides by the Land Trust Standards and Practices and operates in an ethical, legal and technically sound manner. The key elements of the accreditation process are:

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Learn more about accreditation

Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission

What is a land trust?

Land trusts are closely tied to the communities they protect and are involved in conserving land for its natural features and resources, as well as historical, cultural, scenic, and recreational values. Land trusts are organized at the local, regional, and state level and receive their funding primarily from charitable contributions and sometimes from state and federal initiatives.

They preserve land by purchasing it, transferring it, accepting donations of land or funds to purchase the land, or accepting the donation of a conservation easement. In instances, they may purchase the easement. Often, land trusts work collaboratively with other local conservation organizations to preserve properties that have significant conservation value.

Land Trust Alliance Accreditation

The Accreditation Commission is an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization. The Commission recognizes conservation excellence by awarding the accreditation seal to land trusts that meet the highest national standards for excellence and conservation permanence.

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