LP&CT Earns National Accreditation
Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust was awarded accreditation in August 2014. Accredited land trusts must meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The accreditation seal (at left) is a mark of distinction in land conservation.
Accreditation comments given by Kay Doyle, then President of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (September 2014):
I salute [the] Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust for your success in earning accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Your collective efforts have resulted in this accomplishment thanks to the generosity of your donors, and the hard work of your staff, current and past board, as well as the volunteers of the Trust… This accreditation recognizes the overall excellence of your organization, not just for the land restoration and protection, but also for your programming, your finances, and the documentation of all of your work. Congratulations for a job well done!
Your commitment to preserving the land trust’s property for the future is visionary. Current and future citizens will be able to enjoy in perpetuity all of the Trust’s parks, the Hawk Valley Farm, and the beautiful Spalding House. Soon you will be adding another jewel to your crown, the Concord River Greenway. As a member of this organization, I have long admired your work, watched you grow, reach for the stars, and succeed.
How very fortunate we are as city and region to have so many dedicated and generous people who give their time, their talent, and their treasure to invest in projects that benefit all of us now and forever. This organization and the work that you do is such a gift for our city and region as it enables everyone, no matter who they are, no matter where they live, no matter what their income level is or what their age is – it enables everyone to have the opportunity to experience nature right in their own backyard in an urban setting.
Because of you, everyone will have the opportunity to experience the restorative powers of nature, not just for the plants and the animals, but for themselves, a gift for all and for all time.