TERRA Program

The TERRA program was established by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation to administer funds resulting from legal and regulatory actions involving Virginia’s natural resources. It achieves this largely through grants. TERRA is subject to VOF’s high standards of transparency and accountability. All of our work is reported annually to the Virginia General Assembly and overseen by a seven-member board of trustees appointed by the Office of the Governor.

A Tool for Mitigation

TERRA can receive funds from a variety of legal and regulatory actions, such as:

  • Mitigation plans
  • Court orders
  • Fines
  • Civil, criminal, and administrative settlements

As a public foundation, VOF is a natural fit for administering these types of funds. We have longstanding partnerships with state and federal conservation agencies, local governments, planning offices, and private nonprofits. Many of VOF’s policies and practices have been adopted by other conservation programs in Virginia and beyond.

Our decades of experience managing one of the largest and most diverse conservation portfolios in the nation demonstrates our results-oriented, highly efficient approach to getting good conservation done

Current Funding Opportunities

This fund was established in June 2018 using $15 million from a mitigation agreement between the Commonwealth of Virginia and Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, which was signed in December 2017. Its purpose is to mitigate forest fragmentation caused by pipeline’s 303-mile right-of-way through Virginia. Grants will be used for projects that preserve, connect, and enhance forest resources. Click here for more information about this fund, including the Request for Proposals and application form.

The Appomattox River Fund was established under VOF’s TERRA Program in December 2019 using mitigation funds through an agreement between the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and the Virginia Department of Transportation. The Fund’s purpose is to mitigate for the loss of riparian trees on a VOF easement in Amelia County resulting from a bridge replacement project. Grants will be awarded to projects that enhance water quality in the Appomattox River watershed. Click here for more information about this fund, including the Request for Proposals and application form.

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