Welcome to Terrafirma


The application period for 2015 is now closed. The next application period begins February 1, 2016.

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

We’re here to help! You can email us directly or call 202-800-2219 for Lorri, 202-800-2248 for Hannah, or 802-262-6051 for Leslie.

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 on risk management to those land trusts. This national initiative demonstrates land trusts' commitment to take seriously their responsibility to ensure the permanence of their conservation work.


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 and Hannah Flake any time you have a question, problem, or suspect you might have a claim.