Accreditation Promotes Public Trust, Ensures Permanence
Phoenixville, PA, February 24, 2016 – French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust (FPCCT) announced today it has achieved accreditation – a mark of honor in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that FPCCT lands will be protected forever.
Accredited land trusts across the country have permanently conserved more than 15 million acres of farms, forests, recreational and natural areas that are vital to healthy, vibrant communities.
According to Andrew Pitz, executive director of French & Pickering, “Accreditation demonstrates French & Pickering’s commitment to permanent land conservation in northern Chester County. We’re a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program and this strength will help make our community an even better place for present and future generations.” Recent FPCCT projects include the permanent protection of 553 acres in the Warwick Furnace area along the South Branch of the Exceptional Value French Creek, and the conveyance of The Nature Conservancy’s sensitive wetlands in the Great Marsh to FPCCT.
“Together, accredited land trusts stand united behind strong national standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. In all, over 75 percent of private lands conserved by land trusts are now held by an accredited land trust,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission.
About French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust
Since its establishment in 1967, French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust has protected thousands of acres in northern Chester County through purchases, conservation easements and public/private partnerships. It works with landowners, townships, foundations and the state and county to purchase and monitor conservation easements, create parkland and preserve environmentally sensitive land.
Trails provide public access to preserved land, recreational opportunities and beautiful views along northern Chester County’s Exceptional Value waterways. With funding from the state, county and the George and Miriam Martin Foundation, French & Pickering is engaged in the acquisition and development of the 10-mile French Creek Trail from Warwick County Park to the Kennedy Covered Bridge in East Vincent Township, and creating local connections to the regional trail network. It has partnered with the Horse-Shoe Trail Conservancy to permanently protect segments of the historic 140 mile trail.
About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission inspires excellence, promotes public trust and ensures permanence in the conservation of open lands by recognizing organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement. The Commission, established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts. For more, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org.
About the Land Trust Alliance
Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents more than 1,100 member land trusts supported by more than 100,000 volunteers and 5 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C. and operates several regional offices. More information about the Alliance is available at www.landtrustalliance.org.