NICHES Land Trust is excited to announce that it has gained accredited status from The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an entity promoting the highest national standards for ensuring permanence in the conservation of lands within the United States. The Commission, an independent collaboration of the Land Trust Alliance, awards accreditation to land trusts that meet standards for excellence, uphold the public trust, and ensure that their conservation efforts are permanent.
“The one thing that separates land trusts away from other non-profits, is that we make the bold claim that we will be around forever. The Land Trust Accreditation ensures that claim with high standards and organizational ethics. I feel secure knowing NICHES will be around in 2117 for future generations to appreciate natural lands!” – Gus Nyberg, Executive Director
The Commission requires accredited land trusts to endure an arduous application process in which extensive documentation of management practices is submitted for review. NICHES Land Trust, as well as 20 other land trusts, now joins 372 accredited land trusts in the United States. NICHES Land Trust has been working to protect, restore, and sustain native ecosystems in northern Indiana since 1995. NICHES President, Dan Towery, says NICHES accreditation means that it has met the highest standards for land conservation. This means landowners and supporters can be confident that NICHES Land Trust is an organization you can trust and be assured that the promise of perpetuity will be kept.
More than 3,000 acres over 13 counties in west-central Indiana have been preserved for the education, appreciation, and enjoyment of current and future generations. NICHES Land Trust’s properties feature significant scenic and ecological value, and are open to the public year-round. With approximately 15 miles of public hiking trails, over 3,000 acres of prairie, woodland, and wetland, NICHES asks you to join us outside!