The land trust accreditation program recognizes Land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important places and working land forever.  ORLT is applying for renewal of its accreditation.  A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs.  The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applicants.  Comments must relate to how OLRT complies with national quality standards.  These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust.  For the full list of standards, see

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit or email your comment to info@Landtrust  Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accrediation Commission, Attn: Public Comments:  (fax)518-587-7383; (mail)36 Phila St., Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.  Comments on ORLT’s application should be submitted by June 1, 2014.

ORLT begins 2014 with over 5,500 acres permanently protected! See our latest newsletter for more details.


ORLT members before the hike

Thank you to the members who attended ORLT’s  Fall Hike and Annual Membership Meeting on October 26, 2014.  The morning cold did not deter members who were able to hike Walter Cook’s forested 42 acre conservation easement in Jackson County, enjoy cookies and cider, and learn about ORLT’s work in 2013.  Thank you to all those who helped with the event and to all those hikers who attended!

Tree scavenger hunt creator and winners

Yes, there was cake too!

ORLT in the News!

See ORLT in the national news in this AP article about Terrafirma, the new conservation easement defense program.


More Information about ORLT

For more information about ORLT’s work , please contact Steffney Thompson at 706-552-3138 or at  Remember, with your support, ORLT will continue to steward the 5,756 acres it has already protected, and work more effectively to protect even more green space.



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Oconee River Land Trust
675 Pulaski Street, #2300 · Athens, GA 30601