RiverLink’s Land Conservation Program to Renew Accreditation

Program Focuses on Conserving Land Near Waterways in the French Broad River Watershed

Asheville, NC – January 19, 2021 – RiverLink is in the process of renewing accreditation with the Land Trust Alliance. The accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. RiverLink became accredited in 2016, and since then has worked hard to uphold the standards of the nationally accredited land trust community.

RiverLink’s Land Conservation Program works to connect people to the land in a way that is tangible and relevant to local communities. Rather than focusing on large conservation easements in remote areas, RiverLink focuses on conserving smaller tracts of land adjacent to waterways that may be impacted by development, as well as privately owned land within suburban and urban areas. These conserved properties are often in floodplain areas and are utilized as pastures, farmland, trail systems and nature areas.

If you have specific questions about setting up a conservation easement on your land please contact RJ Taylor, RiverLink’s Land Protection Manager at rj@riverlink.org.