Renewal of Accreditation Stakeholder Notification/Public Notice

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy 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.

“Being an accredited land trust lends weight to our long-standing reputation as a conservation organization that upholds the highest standards in professionalism,” says Executive Director Carl Silverstein. “Accreditation is a mark of distinction, showing that SAHC demonstrates fiscal accountability, strong organizational leadership, sound transactions and lasting stewardship of the lands we conserve.”

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

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit, or email your comment to Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Comments on Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’s application will be most useful by September 18, 2020.