This free, online event was held on June 19, 2013, and was convened by the Ash Center's Government Innovators Network. Please visit the event page to access the slide presentations and resources associated with this webinar.

With every passing year, new innovations in conservation finance and the legal defense of conservation easements spring to life. On March 1, 2013, The Land Trust Alliance (LTA) celebrated a historic pivot point marked by the opening of the Terrafirma Risk Retention Group LLC. Terrafirma includes among its insured some 420 land trusts in 46 states and the District of Columbia that are now working together to defend conservation of 20,568 properties covering 6,354,434 acres. As described by the LTA, Terrafirma is a charitable risk pool owned by participating land trusts that insures its members against the legal costs of defending conservation. Leslie Ratley-Beach, who has represented Terrafirma at a number of recent forums, joined us to describe the basic functions and operational strategies of this new and important entity.

This webinar was moderated by James Levitt, with panelists Leigh Whelpton and Leslie Ratley-Beach