Accreditation & Certification

Sunflower with Land Trust Accreditation seal.

Mountain Area Land Trust Earns National Recognition

In 2023, Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) 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 Mountain Area Land Trust’s ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation throughout our six county service area along Colorado’s Front Range,” said Lynn Caligiuri, MALT Executive Director. “We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process. Our strength means exceptional places like Mount Tom, Beaver Brook Watershed and Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area will be protected forever. MALT 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 in MALT.”

Accredited land trusts now steward over 20 million acres with MALT conserving over 26,500-acres across Jefferson, Clear Creek, Park, Boulder, Gilpin and Teller counties. In total, MALT’s service area spans 3-million acres.

“We are proud to recognize MALT’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. Accredited land trusts inspire confidence and respect among their peers and in their communities.”

MALT 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

About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission:

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., awards the accreditation seal to community institutions that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. 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 from around the country. More information on the accreditation program is available on the Commission’s website,

About the Land Trust Alliance:

The Land Trust Alliance, of which MALT is a member, is a national conservation group that works to save the places people love by strengthening conservation throughout America. It works to increase the pace and quality of conservation by advocating favorable tax policies, training land trusts in best practices and working to ensure the permanence of conservation in the face of continuing threats. 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the Alliance. More information can be found at

Effective December 2009, Mountain Area Land Trust received certification with the State of Colorado.