Accreditation Promotes Public Trust, Ensures Permanence
The Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC), a nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving an ecologically vital tallgrass prairie and associated wetlands on Houston’s far west side, today announced it has been accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. This is a mark of distinction in land conservation and signifies the Commission’s confidence that KPC is managed in an effective and efficient manner and that its lands will be protected forever.
“Accreditation demonstrates KPC’s commitment to permanent land conservation and lets its constituents, funders, cooperating agencies, landowners, and supporters know that we practice in an ethical manner and that they can trust us to do the right thing,” says Foster Carter, President of the board of directors of the Katy Prairie Conservancy.
The Katy Prairie Conservancy was among 38 land trusts across the United States to achieve accreditation or to have accreditation renewed this summer. KPC joins the more than 350 accredited land trusts that demonstrate their commitment to professional excellence through accreditation, helping to maintain the public’s trust in their work.
“It is exciting to recognize Katy Prairie Conservancy with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “Accredited land trusts stand together, united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. This network of land trusts has demonstrated fiscal accountability, strong organizational leadership and lasting stewardship of conservation land.”
KPC has already conserved more than 20,000 acres of the Katy Prairie. “We are honored to be recognized for our preservation and conservation efforts on the Katy Prairie,” says Mary Anne Piacentini KPC’s executive director. “The prairie is enormously productive, offering valuable services to the region, including reducing downstream flooding, removing sediment and pollutants from nearby wetlands and water bodies, providing recreational opportunities and sequestering carbon,” Piacentini notes.
Long-term goals for the Katy Prairie Conservancy are to protect between 30,000 – 50,000 acres of the Katy Prairie; provide access and programming to allow the public to enjoy the Katy Prairie; manage protected land to preserve and enhance its natural resources; restore and improve habitat for upland- and wetland-related species and offer programs that educate participants on the importance of conserving the prairie for the benefit of Texans for years to come.
About the Katy Prairie Conservancy
The Katy Prairie Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving an ecologically vital tallgrass prairie and associated wetlands on Houston’s far west side for the enjoyment and benefit of all. You can find us at www.katyprairie.org and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @katyprairie.
About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission inspires excellence, promotes public trust, and ensures permanence in the conservation of open lands by recognizing organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement. The Commission, established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts. For more, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org.
About the Land Trust Alliance
Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents more than 1,100 member land trusts supported by more than 100,000 volunteers and 5 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C. and operates several regional offices. More information about the Alliance is available at www.landtrustalliance.org