Kettle Moraine Land Trust Earns National Recognition

Kettle Moraine Land Trust announced it has renewed its Land Trust Alliance accreditation – proving once again that, it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.

“We at Kettle Moraine Land Trust are dedicated to the conservation of lakes, streams, wildlife habitat, forests and wetlands in Walworth County”, said Dave DeAngelis, President. “Our talented board has shown that it can make a big difference in the community. It is important to us that the residents of Walworth County have access to the pristine parks and natural habitat in our area. We at Kettle Moraine Land Trust are committed to sustaining that access for present and future generations.”

View of spring mayapple plants at Beulah Bog State Natural Area.

Kettle Moraine Land Trust had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation renewal. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded the renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that Kettle Moraine Land Trust’s lands will be protected forever.

Led by Maggie Zoellner, Executive Director, the Board of Directors provided documentation to show Kettle Moraine Land Trust had lived up to the standards of the initial accreditation in 2012, which include high legal and ethical components.

Accredited Kettle Moraine Land Trusts must renew every five years, confirming their compliance with national quality standards and providing continued assurance to donors and landowners of their commitment to forever steward their land and easements. Almost 20 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas vital to healthy communities are now permanently conserved by an accredited Land Trust.

Founded in 2000, Kettle Moraine Land Trust has four public preserves and several conservation easements, as well as a partnership with Walworth County to manage Price Park and Natureland Park. Kettle Moraine Land Trust also provides educational events to students at area middle and high schools, as well as public events such as Meet the Monarchs, held last year. Kettle Moraine Land Trust also partners in management with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at Beulah Bog State Natural Area.

“It is exciting to recognize Kettle Moraine Land Trust with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “Accredited Kettle Moraine Land Trusts are united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. Accreditation recognizes Kettle Moraine Land Trust has demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”

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