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The Land Trust of Napa County has been awarded accreditation by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

The accreditation seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation, signifying that the accredited group meets national standards for excellence, upholds the public trust and ensures that conservation efforts are permanent, the local land trust said in a release.

There are more than 1,700 land trusts across the country and fewer than 15 percent have been awarded accreditation.

“We're honored to receive this recognition,” said Doug Parker, president and CEO of the Land Trust of Napa County. “It's a mark of distinction in land conservation and assures our members, landowners and the public that we follow rigorous ethical and professional standards.”

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, said, “The Land Trust Accreditation Commission is officially recognizing what we've long known — the Land Trust of Napa County is doing excellent work to preserve Napa County's important lands.”

The Land Trust of Napa County is the only nonprofit organization located in Napa dedicated to permanently protecting farm land and open space in the county through the acquisition of land and conservation easements.

“Accreditation is an important vote of confidence in the Land Trust that should resonate in our community,” said Anne Cottrell, chair of the board of Napa’s Land Trust. “It lets our landowners, donors, and the public know that we have our house in good working order, and that our organization is well equipped to do our job for the long-term — that is, to permanently protect land in Napa County.

For more information, visit the Land Trust of Napa County website napalandtrust.org, or contact the Land Trust of Napa County at 707-252-3270.

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