FLEMINGTON, NJ - On March 10, the nonprofit Hunterdon Land Trust (HLT), established in 1996 and headquartered on Mine Street in Flemington, was awarded its renewed accreditation from the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
According to the Land Trust Alliance’s recent “National Land Trust Census,” Hunterdon Land Trust is one of 1,363 land trusts in America. Since its incorporation as a nonprofit, and early efforts nearly 25 years ago, HLT has worked to preserve 9,713 acres in Hunterdon County.
HLT first received national-level accreditation in 2014, and it ranks as one of the 400 nationally-accredited land trusts in the United States which work to protect and preserve nearly 20 million acres of land across the country. Nancy Cunningham, president of Hunterdon Land Trust’s Board of Trustees, commented on the renewal of accreditation.
“Receiving accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission is the gold standard for land trusts across the country,” she said. “HLT is proud to join five other New Jersey land trusts who have received reaccreditation in recent years.”
From the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, the seal presented to HLT announces, “The accreditation seal is awarded to land trusts meeting the highest national standards for excellence and conservation permanence.”
Dave Harding, director of outreach for Hunterdon Land Trust and also the new administrator of the Hunterdon County Historical Society in Flemington, announced that in order to earn national-level reaccreditation, HLT provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation.
Patricia Ruby, executive director of Hunterdon Land Trust, said the organization and its mission benefit from the review process.
“Renewing our accreditation demonstrates HLT’s unwavering mission to protect clean drinking water, farmlands and forests, and to honor Hunterdon County’s unique cultural heritage,” she said. “Because we have gone through this rigorous process, we are a stronger organization, and that means the public can be assured that the places they love will be protected forever.”
The HLT believes that one thing uniting the nation is land.
Melissa Kalvestrand, executive director of the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, noted that the 400 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards, “and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance and lasting stewardship.”
“It is exciting to recognize HLT’s continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction,” Kalvestrand said.
Sundays in Flemington are celebrated as the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Markets are held
at the historic Case-Dvoor Farmstead, a 40-acre site listed on the State of New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places featuring 19th and early 20th century barns, and a 1798 stone farmhouse that now houses the Land Trust’s offices.
The HLT farmers markets open every Sunday from mid-May to late November, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The winter market is held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Sundays, December to early May.