After years of planning, Terrafirma took flight at 12:01 AM on March 1, 2013. Across America 424 land trusts in 46 states plus D.C. are now working together to defend conservation of 20,432 properties covering 6,352,002 acres. 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.
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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.
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.
Terrafirma is owned and operated by your land trust and the other 423 insured land trusts.