The Nature Conservancy purchases insurance designed to cover personal injury or property damage in many situations. Whether the Conservancy or any of its Representatives might be held legally or financially liable for a particular damage claim arising out of a fire, and whether any claim would be covered by one of the insurance policies depends on the specific facts and circumstances of the incident involved. Specific questions regarding liability and insurance coverage should be addressed to your Conservancy attorney and to the Insurance Coordinator at the Worldwide Office.
It is important to remember that the Conservancy has been able to obtain insurance to cover our prescribed burning activities because we have requirements and guidelines governing these activities. Failure to adhere to these standards could result in loss of this coverage and an end to our fire management activities.
Conservancy staff should not inform others that the Conservancy's insurance coverage assures their protection. Only an insurance company can settle a claim or approve a settlement. In the event of an accident or damage, Conservancy staff can notify those present that we will promptly notify our insurance carrier of the matter.
Conservancy employees should also see the Conservancy's Intranet Fire Manual (Insurance) for more information on worker's compensation insurance, personal health and accident insurance, liability insurance, insurance for smoke-related accidents, liability waivers for volunteers, and a discussion of insurance to cover fire fighting service charges.
Last updated November 30, 2014.