BELFAST — Maine Farmland Trust has announced it is applying for accreditation. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands. 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.

The commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Maine Farmland Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust.

For more information about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit landtrustaccreditation.org, or email comments to [email protected]. Comments also can be faxedto 518-587-3183 or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, attention: Public Comments, 36 Phila St., Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Comments on Maine Farmland Trust’s application will be most useful by May 20.