Accreditation is the hard-won seal of approval for our 40+ years of working in North Salem to protect the natural resources, wildlife habitat, open vistas of hayfields and forests and the pastoral way of life residents have come to appreciate. Several years ago we began this process and we’re a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program. This strength will help make North Salem an even better place for current and future generations.

NSOLF was among 25 land trusts across the United States to achieve accreditation in February. NSOLF joins the 342 land trusts that demonstrate their commitment to professional excellence through accreditation, helping to maintain the public’s trust in their work.

NSOLF’s work over these past 40+ years has protected some of the most treasured open spaces in North Salem, including 166 glorious acres on Baxter Road (Baxter Preserve North and South), 134 forested acres right in the center of town, just off Route 121 (Halmi, Hearst-Mead, O’Donohue) and a 38 acre expansive hayfield on Keeler Lane. These parcels are part of the over 1220 acres of land in North Salem permanently protected by NSOLF.

Each accredited land trust meets extensive documentation requirements and undergoes a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation application. The process is rigorous and strengthens land trusts with systems that help landowners and communities achieve their goals.

The Commission is an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. More information about the many benefits of land conservation is available at