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NLI’s Accreditation Renewed

One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the natural spaces they love. Since 1958, Natural Land Institute has been doing just that for the people of Northern Illinois. Now Natural Land Institute announced it has renewed its land trust accreditation – proving once again that, as part of a network of over 450 accredited land trusts across the nation, it is committed to conservation excellence.

“Renewing our accreditation shows Natural Land Institute’s ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation in Northern Illinois,” said Jill Kennay, Assistant Director. “We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process. Our strength means special places – such as Nygren Wetland Preserve – will be protected forever, making Northern Illinois an even greater place for now and in the future.

“NLI 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 Natural Land Institute’s lands will be protected forever. Accredited land trusts now steward more than 20 million acres of land.

“We are proud to recognize Natural Land Institute’s continued commitment to conservation excellence,” said Melissa Kalvestrand, Executive Director of the Commission. “The accreditation seal is a mark of distinction that stands for excellence, trust and permanence. NLI is part of a network of over 450 accredited land trusts that are united by their strong ethical practices. Accredited land trusts inspire confidence and respect among their peers and in their communities.”

Natural Land Institute is one of 1,281 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

Natural Land Institute is a conservation organization based in Rockford, Illinois, which has protected more than 18,000 acres of natural land since 1958. NLI’s mission is to create an enduring legacy of natural land in northern Illinois for people, plants, and animals. We invite you to be part of creating and sustaining this legacy for generations to come. Learn how you can get involved at

About 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

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