Accreditation & Awards

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 Information Flyer

Press release 

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 colaccreditation-awardlective 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.

Accreditation Standards (below)

Additional Awards (below)


Standard 1: Ethics, Mission and Community Engagement – Land trusts maintain high ethical standards and have a mission committed to conservation, community service and public benefit.
Standard 2: Compliance with Laws – Land trusts fulfill their legal requirements as nonprofit tax-exempt organizations and comply with all laws.
Standard 3: Board Accountability – Land trust boards act ethically in conducting the affairs of the organization and carry out their legal and financial responsibilities as required by law.
Standard 4: Conflicts of Interest – Land trusts have policies and procedures to avoid or manage real or perceived conflicts of interest.
Standard 5: Fundraising – Land trusts conduct fundraising activities in a lawful, ethical and responsible manner.
Standard 6: Financial Oversight – Land trusts are responsible and accountable for how they manage their finances and assets.
Standard 7: Human Resources – Land trusts have sufficient skilled personnel to carry out their programs, whether volunteers, staff and/or consultants/contractors.
Standard 8: Evaluating and Selecting Conservation Projects – Land trusts carefully evaluate and select their conservation projects.
Standard 9: Ensuring Sound Transactions – Land trusts work diligently to see that every land and conservation easement transaction is legally, ethically and technically sound.
Standard 10: Tax Benefits and Appraisals – Land trusts work diligently to see that every charitable gift of land or conservation easement meets federal and state tax law requirements, to avoid fraudulent or abusive transactions and to uphold public confidence in land conservation.
Standard 11: Conservation Easement Stewardship – Land trusts have a program of responsible stewardship for their conservation easements.
Standard 12: Fee Land Stewardship – Land trusts have a program of responsible stewardship for the land held in fee for conservation purposes.


2017 & 2009 : Certificate of Excellence in Environmental Education, MA Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs

2017 & 2013: River Steward Award, Sudbury-Assabet-Concord River Stewardship Council

2014: Salute to Women – Jane Calvin, Executive Director, The Lowell Sun

2014: Because of Her Award – Jane Calvin, Executive Director, Lowell Women’s Week

2012: National Historic Preservation Award (Spalding House), Daughters of the American Revolution

2012: Congressional Citation – for environmental education students’ “hard work, dedication, and stewardship projects on Lowell’s rivers and special places”, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas

2007: Historic Preservation Award, Lowell National Historical Park

2000: Massachusetts Preservation Award – Spalding House, MA Historical Commission