INHF Land Trust Accreditation Notice

Posted on May 5, 2021 in Press Center


CONTACT: Joe Jayjack, communications director, or 515-288-1846 ext. 19

Land Trust Accreditation Notice
INHF to renew land trust accreditation

DES MOINES – The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF), Iowa’s first accredited land trust, is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation – as required every five years – in 2021. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs.

“This process provides an opportunity for staff and board to take an in-depth look at our policies, programs and procedures to ensure we are continuing to meet the rigorous standards for accreditation, and assures our community that INHF can be trusted to protect Iowa’s land,” said INHF President Joe McGovern.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how INHF complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards visit 

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit, or email your comment to Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Comments on INHF’s application are requested by September 15, 2021.


Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit conservation group that works with private landowners and other partners to protect Iowa's land, water and wildlife. Since its founding in 1979, INHF has helped protect more than 180,000 acres of Iowa's wild places.

For more information, visit or call 515-288-1846.