Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence
Cayucos, California – At a time of political change, one thing is clear and consistent: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1999, Cayucos Land Conservancy (CLC), has been doing just that. Now Cayucos Land Conservancy has announced that it has achieved national recognition – joining a network of 398 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work.
“Accreditation demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation. We are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program. Our strength means the greenbelt around Cayucos will be protected forever, making our town an even greater place for us and our children” says Glenn Oelker, President of the Cayucos Land Conservancy Board of Directors.
CLC had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation application. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that CLC’s lands will be protected forever.
CLC is an all-volunteer organization that relies exclusively on their Board of Directors, dedicated volunteers, and generous supporters to help carry out and fund their work to protect the surrounding greenbelt. CLC holds conservation easements over Estero Bluffs State Park and San Geronimo Ranch. CLC is also acquiring small parcels of undeveloped land that are part of two large paper subdivisions created in the 1920's on the hillsides above Cayucos.
“It is exciting to recognize Cayucos Land Conservancy with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “Accredited land trusts are united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. Accreditation recognizes Cayucos Land Conservancy demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”
Celebrate this milestone with your neighbors, friends, fellow Cayucos Land Conservancy members and the CLC Board on Friday, April 13 from 5-7 pm at Skipper's Restaurant, 113 N Ocean Ave, Cayucos. Admission is free.
A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits are detailed at www.landtrustaccreditation.org.