Protected Lands Map

Santa Fe Conservation Trust Protected Properties and Service Area Map

Protected Lands

Since 1993, the Santa Fe Conservation Trust has partnered with many landowners to protect their properties in perpetuity. The Santa Fe Conservation Trust currently owns two fee properties and holds 90 conservation easements on more than 40,519 acres in Santa Fe, San Miguel and Rio Arriba counties. We monitor these beautiful, protected lands annually, in perpetuity, ensuring they increase in value to society over time as growth comes to the Land of Enchantment.

We have come to identify clusters of these protected lands and the surrounding areas as focal areas. A focal area can encompass various ecological or cultural resources and overlap political jurisdictions, but generally has some cohesive element. Focal areas are defined as areas that have a high degree of conservation values (a major single Conservation Value in the case of a scenic viewshed, or multiple overlapping values in the case of water, wildlife and open space converging in one area) that align with the Santa Fe Conservation Trust’s Mission Statement, and are in proximity to other the Santa Fe Conservation Trust protected lands. Examples include a small watershed, an undeveloped stretch of river, a cluster of farms or ranches, a grouping of prime agricultural soils, or a specific mountain peak.

The Santa Fe Conservation Trust’s focal areas consist of conservation easements that are variable in size, conservation values, biological diversity, cultural landscape, and public education and outdoor recreation offerings. The smallest conservation easement is less than three acres, but it protects an important reach of the Santa Fe River canyon. Contiguous conservation easements in the Galisteo Basin preserve viewsheds, wildlife habitat and corridors, historically important landscapes and sites, and provide unmatched trail recreation opportunities that markedly improve the quality of life of Santa Fe County residents. Conservation easements along the Pecos River protect riparian habitats, wild canyons, and upland grasslands and woodlands. Large conservation easements in the Piedra Lumbre and Las Vegas Watershed preserve historic structures and trail ruts, viewsheds, and vast open space grasslands. Focal areas are analyzed and evaluated with ARC GIS tools, ecological models, and land use projections to determine, which areas should be targeted for conservation. Building on large contiguous open space lands will increase the effectiveness of wildlife habitat preservation, species diversity and longevity, unspoiled view lines, and protection of working lands. Connecting parcels in areas with high public use will promote trail expansion, connectivity, and ensure perpetual community health and quality of life benefits.

FOCAL AREAS

Galisteo Basin Watershed
Pecos River Valley
Piedra Lumbre
Las Vegas Viewshed
Los Pinos River Valley
Santa Fe
Tesuque

Protected Lands Fauna

Protected Lands Flora

Upcoming Events

Mar
16
Mon
7:00 pm Banff Mountain Film Festival @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Banff Mountain Film Festival @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Banff Mountain Film Festival @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
With stops planned in about 550 communities and more than 40 countries across the globe, the Santa Fe Conservation Trust brings the Banff Centre Film Festival World Tour to Santa Fe again this year on[...]
Mar
17
Tue
7:00 pm Banff Mountain Film Festival @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Banff Mountain Film Festival @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Banff Mountain Film Festival @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The next Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on March 16 & 17, 2020. Journey to exotic locations, paddle[...]
7:00 pm Banff Mountain Film Festival @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Banff Mountain Film Festival @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Banff Mountain Film Festival @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
With stops planned in about 550 communities and more than 40 countries across the globe, the Santa Fe Conservation Trust brings the Banff Centre Film Festival World Tour to Santa Fe again this year on[...]
Apr
26
Sun
10:00 am Happy Earth Day / Acequia and Ri... @ Railyard Park Community Room
Happy Earth Day / Acequia and Ri... @ Railyard Park Community Room
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Happy Earth Day / Acequia and River Cruise @ Railyard Park Community Room | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Click on image for full view of flyer River and Acequia Cruise, May 13, 2017 Join this slow and mellow community bicycle ride celebrating Earth Day 2020.  We will visit trails, parks, and mellow streets[...]

2018 Annual Report