Woods and Waters Land Trust Earns National Recognition

Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence

Woods and Waters Land Trust has achieved national recognition by receiving accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. With this seal of distinction, Woods and Waters Land Trust joins a network of 372 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work. 

Americans, no matter how they feel about other issues, support land conservation in their communities. Woods and Waters Land Trust formed in 2007 out of community interest in long term land protection and serves people in the lower Kentucky River area. Our work with landowners means that natural areas – such as Don and Sylvia Coffey’s and John Wigginton and Dan Hauck’s properties near Benson Creek -- will be protected forever, making our community a better place.

Woods and Waters Land Trust had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation application. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that Woods and Waters Land Trust’s lands will be protected forever. Almost 20 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas vital to healthy communities are now permanently conserved by land trusts. 

Accredited land trusts are united behind strong ethical standards, ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. Accreditation recognizes the land trust has demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.

Woods and Waters has worked with private landowners in Henry, Owen, Shelby, and Franklin counties to protect 375 acres of land. In addition, the City of Frankfort has entrusted 34 acres of forest to the land trust as a nature preserve. All forested, these lands improve air and water quality, reduce runoff and erosion and provide natural habitat for the many plant and animal species that make this area home.