Wildlands Conservancy Earns National Recognition

Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence

One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1973, Wildlands Conservancy, has been doing just that for the people of the Lehigh Valley and Lehigh River watershed. The regional land trust has permanently protected more than 55,000 acres to date, and now it announced it has achieved national recognition – joining a network of over 400 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work.


Wildlands Conservancy is proud to be an accredited land trust. The process made us a stronger organization, demonstrates our commitment to conduct our conservation work at the highest standards, and ensures our mission will be alive in our community for generations to come,” says Christopher Kocher, president of Wildlands.

Wildlands provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that Wildlands Conservancy’s lands will be protected forever.

Accredited land trusts steward approximately 20 million acres of land – the size of Denali, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Everglades and Yosemite National Parks combined.

In the past year alone, Wildlands has permanently protected more than 1,000 acres of land, from the headwaters of the Lehigh River to the last continuous gap in preservation on Blue Mountain.

In addition to its nine nature preserves totaling 2,600 acres, Wildlands  has protected property that has gone on to become state game lands, state forests, state parks, county and township recreational areas as well as national wildlife refuges.

“It is exciting to recognize Wildlands Conservancy with 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.”

Wildlands Conservancy is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census. A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits can be found online, along with news about the latest land trusts with distinction www.landtrustaccreditation.org.