Welcome to Terrafirma


Enrollment for the 2014 policy year is now closed. Applications were due no later than February 3, 2014.

For answers to frequently asked questions on applications, costs, claims, governance, and more, please see the FAQ page.

After years of planning, Terrafirma took flight at 12:01 AM on March 1, 2013.  Across America 454 land trusts in 46 states plus D.C. are now working together to defend conservation of 22,280 properties. Community gardens, urban parks, forests, farms, ballfields, swimming holes, trails, shorelines, nature preserves and open space all over the country have a conservation safety net and land trusts can keep the promise of permanence for their communities.

This is an historic pivot point and you are a critical part of this formidable shared conservation defense service for land trusts.

To view Terrafirma's Form 990 and other financial documents, click here.

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About Terrafirma

The Land Trust Alliance formed Terrafirma in 2011 to help land trusts defend their conserved lands from legal challenge. It is owned by its members to insure the costs of upholding conservation easements and fee lands held for conservation purposes when they have been violated or are under legal attack, and to provide information to those land trusts on risk management. This national initiative demonstrates land trusts' commitment to take their responsibility to ensure the permanence of their conservation work seriously.


Why Terrafirma?

Conservation easements and lands are increasingly under attack across America. As population and development pressures increase, so does the value of conserved properties, which makes them vulnerable. Eventually, every land trust will face some form of litigation.

In addition, public entities, the general public (through taxes, tax incentives and credits), private individuals and foundations have invested billions of dollars in voluntary conservation of private lands. Terrafirma is one part of a comprehensive suite of protections for land trust protected properties.


How It Works

Terrafirma is owned and operated by your land trust and the other 454 insured land trusts.

Please call or write your representative, Leslie Ratley-Beach, or Lorri Barrett any time you have a question, problem or suspect you might have a claim.