Via email September 1, 2016
Dear Prairie Supporter:
Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) announces we are submitting our application for accreditation to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA). Accreditations are only granted to land trusts that have: 1) proven they meet LTA’s rigorous quality standards “for protecting important natural places and working lands forever” and 2) demonstrated their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices (the ethical and technical guidelines for responsible operation).
You are aware that NPAT is a non-profit membership organization and land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. Based in San Marcos, NPAT was founded in 1986 by a group of Texans concerned about our disappearing prairie heritage. We promote awareness of the natural and cultural heritage of prairies in Texas and provides learning opportunities through workshops, presentations, field trips and volunteer opportunities. Our mission is to conserve and restore native prairie, assist landowners and educate Texans about native prairies, plant communities, grassland birds, wildlife, pollinators and sustainable land-use practices. NPAT currently protects more than 3,000 acres of native Texas prairie, including more than 100 acres of endangered and/or threatened tallgrass prairie. They have partnered with other Texas conservancies, government agencies and non-profit organizations to carry out common missions.
Earning this Accreditation Seal will bestow on NPAT a true mark of distinction and respect in land conservation. We will proudly join other Texas organizations who have achieved this goal: Bayou Land Conservancy, Galveston Bay Foundation, Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas, Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust, Hill Country Conservancy, Hill Country Land Trust, Katy Prairie Conservancy, Pines and Prairies Land Trust, Texas Agricultural Land Trust, and Texas Land Conservancy. Additional information on NPAT and on Texas prairies is offered on our website: www.texasprairie.org, or you may contact Native Prairies Association of Texas (mailing address and telephone number below).
Public comments Re: NPAT’s application are welcomed through 11/30/2016
The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments relating to Native Prairies Association of Texas’ application in relation to the indicator Practices 1-12. (Detailed explanations of LTA’s national quality standards and practices are provided at www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.)
We invite you to submit your comment via email, fax or U.S. mail: Fax or mail Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; or Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff and Board of Directors,
Native Prairies Association of Texas