Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence

Ocean View Farm

DNRT worked with the Buzzards Bay Coalition and other partners to permanently protect Dartmouth’s 115-acre Ocean View Farm in 2017.

Dartmouth, MA (Feb. 26, 2020) – One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1971, the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT), has been doing just that for the people of Dartmouth. Now DNRT has announced it has renewed its land trust accreditation – proving once again that, as part of a network of over 400 accredited land trusts across the nation, it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.

“Going through the rigorous accreditation renewal process demonstrates DNRT’s commitment to being one the best land trusts in the country,” said DNRT’s Executive Director Dexter Mead.  “To be successful in our mission to preserve and protect Dartmouth’s natural resources for people and nature forever, we must set and follow high standards.  Accreditation helps us do this.”

DNRT provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that DNRT’s lands will be protected forever.

Since its inception in 1971, DNRT has worked tirelessly to make land conservation a top priority in the town of Dartmouth. With the support of its members and other donors, and through strong partnerships and relationships, DNRT has been able to protect over 5,400 acres of land during its 49 year history. This non-profit organization currently owns over 1,800 acres spread across the town, and is pleased to be able to offer recreation opportunities on nearly 40 miles of trails located on 17 different reserves.

“It is exciting to recognize DNRT’s continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction,” said Melissa Kalvestrand, Executive Director of the Commission. “Donors and partners can trust the more than 400 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”

DNRT is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census. A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits can be found at www.landtrustaccreditation.org.

About the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust
DNRT is a non-profit, membership-supported organization formed in 1971 by community members working to preserve the quality of life in Dartmouth. Over the years, DNRT has helped permanently protect over 5,400 acres of wetlands, wildlife habitat, farmland, forests and scenic landscapes in Dartmouth. DNRT currently owns more than 1,800 acres of conservation land and maintains nearly 40 miles of hiking trails.

About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission inspires excellence, promotes public trust and ensures permanence in the conservation of open lands by recognizing organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement. The Commission, established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts. For more, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org.