Public comments welcome as NCLC seeks accreditation renewal

May 20, 2021

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. North Coast Land Conservancy is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. 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.

“Accreditation may not sound that exciting on the surface, but it signifies something of infinite value to NCLC: public trust,” NCLC executive director Katie Voelke says. “National accreditation demonstrates our commitment to professional excellence and uncompromising standards, enabling us to maintain the public’s confidence in our work. It gives a small insight into the caliber we strive for as individual staff members and an organization.”

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

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 North Coast Land Conservancy’s application will be most useful by July 2.


  1. Scott & Janet Paulson/Giltz says:

    My wife and I are proud supporters of the NCLC. This organization is providing much needed protection, oversight and improvement of our precious coastal habitats. This is especially important during these times of growth and expansion in our communities. We donate monthly to the NCLC and will continue doing so in the future. They are doing an outstanding job and we wholeheartedly recommend them for accreditation renewal.

  2. Richard D Ledgerwood says:

    I grew up on the north coast and watched approvingly as the North Coast Land Conservancy was formed and through the years I came to fully support its goal–to preserve the north coast forever. I worked on the Columbia River as a fishery biologist for over 40 years. After my retirement in 2015, I became a frequent volunteer and contributor to the NCLC. I watched the organization and its land holdings grew , hopefully with a climatic acquisition of the so-called Rainforest Reserve later this year. I had first hand opportunity to work with their professional staff on many and varied field projects populated by a variety of ‘volunteers’. These were often projects that without the volunteer work force could not be accomplished and required professional guidance for both safety and effectiveness. Even during the Pandemic slowdowns, staff adjusted their business model for remote participation, kept their committee members informed, and business continued. Their professionalism in all respects and support of field activities assures me that NCLC is sustainable and should continue as fully accredited by the commission.

  3. Tess Chedsey says:

    The Northwest Coast of Oregon is a far better place because of the work of Katie Voelke and the North Coast Land Conservancy. Katie and her team not only work hard preserving the land but they do a great job of educating the region which leads to appreciation from the entire community.

    We very much need this organization to preserve this precious, fragile coastal area.

  4. Andrew Paterson says:

    I am a fourth generation property owner in Seaside, OR and have supported NCLC for many years. The work they do is so very important to the preservation of the north coast forest, rivers and other important water sources; including the Necanicum estuary, Nehalem Bay and all lakes in the area. If not for NCLC, I would imagine a very different ecosystem in our area. The preservation of the flora in the dunes is a focus that is a necessary function of this group, mostly the eradication of invasive species i.e. “Scotch Broom” and .Policeman’s Helmet. Keep up the good work. I will continue to support NCLC as long as I am able.

  5. Greg Kromholtz says:

    My wife and I have owned a home in Manzanita for 16 years and last year we moved her permanently. I have become aware of NCLC and recently joined the organization because I believe strongly in what they are trying to do and I have been impressed with what they have already accomplished.

  6. Chip Greening says:

    As the Outreach and Education Coordinator for Oregon’s North Coast Cooperative Weed Management Area, we depend on NCLC as a partner committed to restoring and conserving the natural areas of the State’s north coast. NCLC has exhibited bold leadership in identifying major opportunities that might intimidate other land trusts.

  7. Ken Bierly says:

    I have been a follower of the NCLC from the beginning. As a state employee of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, I worked with the NCLC to realize a number of conservation land acquisitions. I always found the expertise and professionalism of the staff at NCLC to be of the highest quality. They have grown through time and are a major conservation actor on the North Coast of Oregon. Since retirement, I have been a contributor and supporter of the NCLC because I am confident that they are good stewards of the funds I donate. They have a clear vision of a conservation future and are responsible stewards of the resources and lands they manage. I have also seen the creativity of the NCLC in partnering with unconventional parties to accomplish mutual benefits (Circle Creek flood plain project with ODOT)

  8. I am an advocate for the projects of the North Coast Land Conservancy. As an Oregon resident living on the north coast, I strongly believe in the preservation and restoration of our beautiful lands. The NCLC is making great progress in the above areas in a very open and visible way. I will continue to be a contributing partner.

    E. Atkinson

  9. william rutherford says:

    the NCLC project is of the highest order. Katie does a great job of leading the organization. Anybody who has seen the site of the project realizes how important it is to land preservation. Katie has assembled a staff of folks with the highest integrity; they work well together and have already achieved a great deal

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