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ASA has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. The accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands and demonstrate a commitment to excellence and continual learning and improvement. ASA is one of only 254 land trusts from across the country that has been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008 when the program began.

Executive Director Teri Ptacek explains, "Although we've spent the past year reviewing and documenting ASA's policies and programs to prepare our application, honing our standards and practices is something our board and staff have been working on since day one. It gives us peace of mind to know that the effort has paid off and that our work will endure."

"Accreditation provides the public with an assurance that, at the time of accreditation, land trusts meet high standards for quality and that the results of their conservation work are permanent", said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn.

Liz Gordon, a prior board member and conservationist who recently rejoined the board, said, "It's gratifying to see that the local grassroots conservation movement we started in farmhouses and barnyards 23 years ago has evolved into such a strong and professional organization today. My husband Thomas Christenfeld and I donated an easement on our Alleged Farm in Easton in 1999. We're glad to know its protection is made even more secure by having an accredited land trust behind it."

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