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Terrafirma Takes Flight

March 20, 2013 | Land Trust Alliance | Washington, D.C.

The Land Trust Alliance has created a one-of-a kind charitable risk insurance pool to defend more than 20,000 land trust properties covering 6,354,434 acres in 46 states and Washington, DC from conservation violations or legal attack by developers and other parties. Terrafirma RRG LLC is owned by 420 land trusts that now have a safety net and can keep the promise of permanence.

Terrafirma is a distinct insurance service because it is owned and operated by the participating land trusts - not the Land Trust Alliance or a for-profit insurance company.  

The next enrollment period starts January 1, 2014 and ends on February 1, 2014. If your land trust is not yet a member, this is the next opportunity to join your colleagues. If you have questions about eligibility, please call (802-262-6051) or email Leslie Ratley-Beach or Lorri Barrett (202-800-2219), who both act on behalf of Alliance Risk Management Services, LLC, manager for Terrafirma.  

Land trusts are represented on the Terrafirma governance committee by individuals from participating land trusts. You can call or write to the representative in your region too. View the Members Committee regions map and read about your representative to the Terrafirma Members Committee. Have more questions? Review the Frequently Asked Questions or call or write to Leslie or Lorri.

This is an historic pivot point for land conservation. The land trust owners and members of Terrafirma are a critical part of a formidable conservation defense service for land trusts nationwide. Your land trust can be a part of it!

Visit the Terrafirma website.

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Christian Freitag, attorney-at-law and executive director at Sycamore Land Trust (IN), says "I view Conservation Defense Insurance as another step the land trust community is taking to keep our promises. We claim that we will help people protect their land in perpetuity. With this program, the public can be more confident than ever that we take that commitment seriously."


Greg Gamble, executive director at Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (CA), says that "this is one of the most helpful things that the Land Trust Alliance could attempt for its members, and I have greatly appreciated the professional, thoughtful, fair and inclusive process that you have led."


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