At TerraCorps we’re working to help communities conserve and secure land for the health and wellbeing of people and nature. Using the AmeriCorps national service model, TerraCorps prepares and mobilizes emerging leaders to help strengthen the community based non-profits working to meet these goals. We seek to create change by achieving a broader, more authentic engagement of the diverse peoples living in our communities. When we do this, resources will grow, access to land will increase, the pace of land conservation will accelerate, and whole communities will achieve more resilient futures.
TerraCorps began nearly eight years ago as a local pilot program of Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust (Mount Grace) with four Commonwealth Corps members serving in its 23-town region in north central and western Massachusetts. Since those early days, Mount Grace successfully scaled the program to support 20 host site partners across Massachusetts with 36 AmeriCorps members annually in 2016. The dramatic growth of this program has been fueled by the continuing need for increased organizational capacity in our sector, the trend of pursuing our work using a broader, more inclusive community-based approach, and the necessity of developing the next generation of skilled practitioners who will build on the legacies of our work.