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DFLT applying for renewal of national accreditation


NORTH VALLEY – The Desert Foothills Land Trust is applying for renewal of its accredited status from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. DFLT was first accredited in December 2010. A public comment period for the accreditation renewal is now open.

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. Being accredited allows Desert Foothills Land Trust to demonstrate to supporters, elected officials, landowners, and the public that DFLT operates according to the highest standards of legal and ethical practice and demonstrates the continued commitment to these high standards for protecting land.

DFLT works with landowners, communities, and partners to protect the most special and important natural areas in the communities of Carefree, Cave Creek, North Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Anthem, Desert Hills, and New River. The Land Trust has permanently protected more than 680 acres on 23 preserves, many of which are open to the public for exploration and passive recreation.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Desert Foothills Land Trust 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 Desert Foothills Land Trust’s application will be most useful by Oct. 31.