San Isabel Land Protection Trust Receives High Mark of Achievement

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a program promoting public trust and ensuring permanence in the conservation of American lands, announced last week that Westcliffe-based San Isabel Land Protection Trust has received renewed Accreditation status. In 2009, San Isabel was one of the first land trusts in the nation to receive their initial accreditation.

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Accreditation is the highest national mark of distinction a land trust can achieve and must be renewed every five years. San Isabel is one of 301 land trusts in the nation with this status, and in 2015 is the only land trust in Colorado to achieve renewed accreditation.

Vic Barnes, Vice President of San Isabel remarked “Our work as Custer County’s community land trust ensures our children’s children will enjoy the clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and scenic beauty from protected lands in our valley that we enjoy today. This high mark of achievement is something we all can feel proud of and lends to our credibility as a sustainable organization serving our community and lands.”

To receive re-accreditation, San Isabel had to undergo a rigorous and extensive documentation review as part of their renewal application. More information about the process and benefits are detailed at

San Isabel Land Protection Trust is a nationally accredited 501(c)3 non-profit, non-political conservation organization working with landowners to protect their land and water in Custer, Fremont, Pueblo, and Huerfano Counties. 2015 marks San Isabel’s 20th anniversary. With its partners, the land trust has protected nearly 40,000 acres, 174 water rights, and approximately 61 miles of stream frontage with 128 conservation easements that permanently protect precious land, water, and wildlife in our region. To learn more visit: or call 719.783.3018


Kristie Nackord

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We have protected more than 42,000 acres through 134 conservation easements.

Conservation easements guarantee long-term protection – through generations of landowners.