Terrafirma Risk Retention Group LLC is a unique charitable risk pool for conservation organizations that helps its members uphold the promise of lasting conservation. You are a critical part of this formidable, shared conservation defense liability service for land trusts.
Each year Terrafirma members confirm and update eligibility and portfolios. New members may join during this confirmation window. The deadline for the 2023 policy year was February 1, 2023. The next application window will open December 1, 2023.
The Info page has all the information you need. For example, you can find the address to mail your premium payment check, the step-by-step process to notify Terrafirma about a potential problem, and details about the claim process.
To view Terrafirma's annual report to members and financial documents, click here.
Alliance Risk Management Services staff are happy to help you with any Terrafirma questions. Please write to or call:
Leslie at 802-262-6051
Tom at 802-249-7147
Gabe at 202-924-9007
Scott at 202-800-2248
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.
Conservation easements and lands are increasingly under attack across America. As population and development pressures increase, so does the value of conserved properties, making 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 554 insured land trusts.
We’re here to help! You can email us directly at or call:
802-262-6051 for Leslie Ratley-Beach, Director
802-249-7147 for Tom Kester, Operations Manager
202-924-9007 for Gabe Martinez, Coordinator
202-800-2248 for Scott Yaw, Associate
Please call or write your representative or a Terrafirma employee any time you have a question, problem, or suspect you might have a claim.