One thing that unites us as a nation is land. Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1996, Land Trust of the Treasure Valley (LTTV) has been doing just that for the people of Idaho. LTTV has now announced it has achieved national recognition by becoming accredited – joining a network of over 400 accredited land trusts across the nation demonstrating their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work.
"Gaining accreditation by the LTA Accreditation Commission means a lot to the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley," said Executive Director Tim Breuer. "Sound practices assure the public that we are using their resources efficiently and that our project work is done with best practices to assure strong public benefit. Our process and policies have improved by virtue of going through the accreditation process. We are a stronger organization because of it."
Land Trust of the Treasure Valley 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 LTTV’s lands will be protected forever. Accredited land trusts steward almost 20 million acres of land – the size of Denali, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Everglades and Yosemite National Parks combined.
In 2011, LTTV purchased 59 acres of land, kicking off what would later become the Hillside to Hollow Reserve. In 2018, the Land Trust furthered conservation efforts in the valley by purchasing 560 acres of land northwest of Boise, providing a path forward for the connection between Stack Rock and Avimor. LTTV also works to protect the community’s land resources by holding easements, hosting trail work days, and coordinating stewardship projects.
“It is exciting to recognize Land Trust of the Treasure Valley 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.”
Land Trust of the Treasure Valley is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census.