French Creek Valley Conservancy has been awarded renewed accreditation as a land trust.
As part of a network of more than 400 accredited land trusts across the nation, FCVC has committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.
“Renewing our accreditation shows French Creek Valley Conservancy’s commitment to working at the highest standards while protecting the French Creek Watershed,” said Brenda Costa, executive director. “We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process. Our continued efforts mean thousands of acres will be protected forever, making the French Creek Watershed an even better place for us and our children.”
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that the conservancy’s lands will be protected forever. French Creek Valley Conservancy has conserved more than 2,100 acres of land in the watershed and plans to acquire at least one more property before the end of this year.
“It is exciting to recognize French Creek Valley Conservancy’s continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the commission. “Donors and partners can trust the more than 400 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”
French Creek Valley Conservancy is one of 1,363 land trusts across the U.S., according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census.
Formed in 1982, French Creek Valley Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the exceptional water quality, natural habitat, biological diversity and recreation in the French Creek Watershed. The conservancy works with willing landowners who wish to voluntarily protect the conservation values of their property.
Also, the conservancy provides in-school programs for thousands of students each year, community and recreation events, as well as hosting the annual French Creek Cleanup.