Aiken Land Conservancy Seeks National Accreditation

Aiken Land Conservancy (ALC) is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission.  The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs.  The process is well worth the effort.  The accreditation seal is a recognizable mark of distinction in land conservation.  It will prove to past and future donors that ALC has the sophistication, resources and integrity to protect its assets against potential future challenges.  In addition, in an area where public and private funds are shrinking and tax deductions are subject to intensified scrutiny, the land trust accreditation seal will promote continued public confidence and ensure ALC’s continued vitality and success.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications.  Comments must relate to how Aiken Land 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 http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/tips-and-tools/indicator-practice.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to info@landtrustaccreditation.org. 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 Aiken Land Conservancy’s application will be most useful by November 1, 2015.

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New Winthrop Field Dog Stations

Bennett Tucker, Thomas Coleman and Allen Struthers

Bennett Tucker, Thomas Coleman and Allen StruthersThanks to the generous donations of our supporters, including Dan and Carroll Mayfield, the Aiken Land Conservancy (ALC) installed two dog waste stations at Winthrop Polo Field last week. There is a station located at each entrance to the field. Special thanks to ALC Stewardship Committee members Bennett Tucker, Thomas Coleman and Allen Struthers (pictured) for installing the stations in the summer heat.

“Winthrop Field is truly a multi-use public facility and a rare jewel for the community,” said Larry Comegys, ALC President. “Along with equestrian activities, we also have a large number of residents who enjoy walking their dogs on the field. These stations will make cleaning up after your pet very convenient.”

The 12-acre Winthrop Polo Field, located between Grace and Mead Avenues, is in the heart of Aiken’s historic Horse District. Purchased by the ALC in 1998, the field is protected from development and will continue to be used for equestrian pursuits as well as providing open space for dog walkers and others to enjoy.

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