Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence

Lake Placid Land Conservancy announced it has been awarded accredited status, a significant honor in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, granted this notable achievement after an intensive review of the Lake Placid Land Conservancy’s programs and activities, as well the policies it uses to conserve land. The accreditation seal represents their strong commitment to meeting national quality standards for permanently protecting important natural places in the Adirondacks.

“We are incredibly grateful to receive this recognition,” says Lake Placid Land Conservancy’s Executive Director Kerry Crowningshield. “Accreditation ensures that our efforts to conserve land and water resources in and around Lake Placid are rooted in sound practices, and that our friends, neighbors, and visitors will benefit from our efforts for generations to come.”

Lake Placid Land Conservancy is among 33 land trusts across the country to achieve accreditation or to have accreditation renewed thus far in 2021. The Conservancy joins the 445 accredited land trusts that steward almost 20 million acres of land which equal the size of Denali, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Everglades, and Yosemite National Parks combined.

“It is exciting to recognize Lake Placid Land Conservancy’s continued commitment to national standards by awarding this national mark of distinction,” said Melissa Kalvestrand, executive director of the Commission. “Donors and partners can trust that the more than 400 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”

About Lake Placid Land Conservancy

Located in the heart of the Adirondack Park in Lake Placid, New York, the Lake Placid Land Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit land trust that partners with landowners and communities in the Ausable and Saranac River watersheds. They work to conserve important open spaces, viewsheds, wildlife habitats, water resources, and recreational lands that create opportunities for people to enjoy the region’s natural beauty for generations to come.

The Lake Placid Land Conservancy has conserved more than 295 acres of scenic shoreline, undeveloped forests, diverse wetlands, and recreational trails in its service area. They own and manage nature preserves that are open to the public and feature trail networks enjoyed by hikers, bikers, and naturalists alike. They also hold conservation easements on three properties that remain in private ownership, all of which protect critical wildlife habitat and conserve over 14,000 feet of pristine shoreline and other vital waters in the Park. Additional information about the Conservancy’s work may be found at

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

 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 need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents 1,000-member land trusts supported by more than 200,000 volunteers and 4.6 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and operates several regional offices.

The Alliance’s leadership serves the entire land trust community—our work in the nation’s capital represents the policy priorities of land conservationists from every state; our education programs improve and empower land trusts from Maine to Alaska; and our comprehensive vision for the future of land conservation includes new partners, new programs and new priorities. Connect with us online at