Mesa Land Trust applies for accreditation renewal

A Grand Junction-based organization that works to conserve farm and ranch lands, open spaces and wildlife habitat in and around Mesa County is in the process of renewing its accreditation.

The Mesa Land Trust has applied to renew its accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The Mesa Land Trust first earned accreditation in 2009, joining the ranks of what was at that time only 53 land trusts nationwide that attained that status.

The Land Trust Alliance, an independent program of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, reviews applicant policies and programs to make sure they meet national standards of excellence and that conservation efforts are permanent. Accredited land trusts must apply for renewal every five years.

“We see using the renewal process as an opportunity to fine tune our operations,” said Rob Bleiberg, executive director of the Mesa Land Trust. “Mesa Land Trust’s accreditation renewal indicates to the public our continued commitment to meeting the highest standards in our work to preserve land in and around Mesa County.”

As part of the process, the accreditation commission accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how a land trust complies with national standards. Comments may be sent by e-mail to; faxed to (518) 587-3183; or mailed to Land Trust Accreditation Commission, attention public comments, 36 Phila St., Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Comments on the Mesa Land Trust renewal should be submitted by Jan. 3.

A private, nonprofit group, the Mesa Land Trust conserves more than 64,000 acres through binding agreements with private property owners. For more information, visit