BRIDGTON, Maine — After 2½ years of exhaustive documenting, reporting and auditing, Bridgton’s Loon Echo Land Trust announced Thursday that it has achieved national accreditation recognition from the Land Trust Alliance.
LELT now joins a network of only 389 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work.
Accreditation assures current and potential donors that this non-profit will forever protect its lands.
Since 1987, Loon Echo Land Trust has preserved open spaces in Harrison, Denmark, Casco, Bridgton, Naples, Raymond and Sebago. All of Loon Echo’s lands are open for public recreation and enjoyment.
During the multi-year accreditation process, Loon Echo Land Trust submitted extensive documentation and underwent a comprehensive review as part of its application. This included a review of financial processes, donor relations, stewardship practices, conservation easement monitoring and practices, board governance, record keeping and integrity going back to its founding in 1987.
“Accreditation demonstrates Loon Echo’s commitment to permanent land conservation,” said Thom Perkins, Loon Echo’s executive director.
“The process showed that our organization, board, volunteers and staff are committed to excellence to protect not…