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News and Views

Fall 2006

Tri-Valley Conservancy

Preserving Land for Future Generations

An Introduction to Land Trust Accreditation

Background and Purpose
In the late 19th century, Charles Eliot envisioned the formation of an incorporated association [that] would be empowered by the state to hold small well-distributed parcels of land free of taxes, just as the public library holds books and the art museum pictures for the use and enjoyment of the public. In 1891, the Trustees of Reservation became the rst such association and the nations rst regional land trust. Museums and libraries, along with zoos, universities and many other types of organizations serving the public interest are able to gain professional recognition for their work through accreditation programs. In 2008, land trusts will join these ranks and be able to participate in a voluntary accreditation program designed for and by land trusts. The program was designed to build and recognize strong land trusts, foster public condence in land conservation, and help ensure the long-term protection of land. comments from the land conservation community received in 2004-2005 were used to develop a fair, accessible and credible process. Market research conducted in 2005 indicated that 80% of the countrys land trusts intend to apply for accreditation. The accreditation program will start accepting applications in 2008 and the Commission anticipates that most interested land trusts will complete the initial accreditation process by 2012. Accreditation will be renewed every ve years. TVC has already adopted the Land Trust Alliances Standards and Practices and is currently preparing for acceptance into the accreditation program.

The voluntary accreditation program will benet participating land trusts by ensuring that they have strong organizational and conservation programs in place and publicly recognizing their accredited status. The accreditation process will also evaluate whether land trusts have the resources in place to ensure that lands conserved today will remain protected in the future. The programs design is based on an extensive year-long public involvement process led by an LTA-commissioned Program Design Steering Committee. Over 1,000

Environmentalists make terrible neighbors but great ancestors.

David Brower

Tri-Valley Conservancy

Preserving Land for Future Generations

From the Desk of Executive Director, Sharon Burnham

On November 7, 2006, California residents will have an important opportunity to preserve and protect our states precious natural resources by voting YES on Proposition 84: Clean Water, Parks and Coastal Protection Bond. California is facing enormous population growth in the coming years, with 25 million new residents expected by 2040. But, unfortunately, Californias investments in infrastructure are not keeping pace with our massive population growth. Importantly, the measure will not raise taxes and includes tough scal safeguards. California has long been at the forefront of protecting and managing its land, water, coastal and other natural resources. Our state continues to grow rapidly, creating new challenges. Proposition 84 is needed to protect our water supply, economy and quality of life for future generations. To learn more about Proposition 84 and how you can support the Clean Water, Parks and Coastal Protection Bond of 2006, visit the campaigns web site at

Sharon Burnham, Executive Director

Current funding for water quality, water supply reliability, natural resources and environmental protection programs is critically low, with past bond funds running out as early as this year, and the state spending less than 1% of the overall state budget on funding for resources. Proposition 84, the Clean Water, Parks and Coastal Protection Bond, a $5.4 billion bond measure slated for the November 2006 statewide ballot, would provide critically needed funds to ensure the availability of safe drinking water, improve local water supply reliability, strengthen ood protection, and preserve Californias natural landscapes, including parks, forests, lakes, rivers, beaches, bays, ocean and coastline. Proposition 84 protects these natural resources, which are essential to our well being, our economy and our quality of life.

Please remember to vote YES on Proposition 84 on November 7th

Bill Thomson, Chair At large

Board of Directors

Rik Hansen At large

Jim Perry, Vice-Chair Alameda County Mark Eaton, Secretary At large Jean King, Treasurer City of Livermore Harriet Cole Friends of the Vineyards

Jon Harvey City of Pleasanton Michael Princevalle At large Karl Wente Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association


Year Incorporated: 1994 Type Agricultural Open Space Total Acres Protected 3655 477 4132 % of Total 88% 12% 100%

Sharon Burnham Executive Director Laura Mercier Barbara Graham Associate Director Oce Manager
To permanently protect the fertile soils, rangelands, open space and biological resources and to support a viable agricultural economy in the Tri-Valley area.

Number of Conservation Easements: 57 Approximate Value (cost basis) of Conservation Easements: $50+ million Matching State Grant Funds Generated: $2.37 million (as of July 2006)

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Tri-Valley Conservancy

Preserving Land for Future Generations

Livermore Valleys Wine and Food Experience, a Match Made in Heaven...

The Taste of Terroir, Livermore Valleys Wine and Food Pairing, drew a sold out crowd of 400 people. Held at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton the event showcased 19 wineries that paired their wines with complimentary food from an equal number of restaurants and catering companies. Together with Livermore Valley olive growers oering olive oil tasting and a dessert extravaganza put on by US Foods, the event was the place to be on July 27th.

Guests enjoying the evenings fare

Guests - Carolyn Wente, Ted Kaye, Dale Kaye

A unique opportunity to meet the wine makers & chefs...

Tasting wonderful wine & food Above - Event Volunteers: Diana Mendenhall, Trish Brown, Howard Mendenhall, Denise Kru, & Kai Tanaka Left - Volunteers Linda Schmidt, Candice Dixon, Linda Galles brought food and wine to the judges.

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