Santa Barbara, CA. (Aug. 28, 2020) – The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County has been at the forefront of statewide land protection for more than 30 years. It protects nearly 30,000 acres of wild and agricultural land, and builds lasting partnerships with community groups and locals on farm and ranch families. In August, the Land Trust celebrated its second accreditation renewal after successfully passing a rigorous review of financial management and conservation practices.
Joe Weiland, Managing Partner, Arlington Financial Advisors and Treasurer of the Land Trust, said, “We are proud of our reaccreditation. This rigorous process ensures that we have the tools and processes in place to ensure the longevity of our Land Trust for our members, donors and land partners. ”
The Land Trust was one of a small group of the first land trusts in the country to be accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent branch of the Land Trust Alliance established to certify strong, professional land trusts, public trust in promoting land protection and contributing to securing the long-term protection of the land. There is no greater recognition for the Land Trust than accreditation. The certification distinguishes the organization for compliance with high ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust.
“When a land trust accepts land protection relief, it is an agreement that does not end. Forever is a great responsibility. The Santa Barbara County Land Trust was built with this responsibility in mind. The accreditation process is a way for all of our community partners to know that we are ready to preserve our agricultural and natural land for future generations, ”explained Weiland.
Via the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
Since 1985, the Santa Barbara County Land Trust has worked with community groups, landowners, and others to maintain, restore, and manage open space, wildlife habitats, and family farms and farms across the county. To date, the Land Trust has helped conserve nearly 30,000 acres of natural resource, work and recreational areas including the Arroyo Hondo Preserve, Point Sal, the Sedgwick Reserve and the new Rincon Bluffs Preserve. Learn more at https://www.sblandtrust.org.