Protected Lands 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 89 conservation easements on more than 39,987 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 grass lands and wood lands. Large conservation easements in the Piedra Lumbre and Las Vegas Watershed preserve historic structures and trail ruts, viewsheds, and vast open space grass lands. Into the future, focal areas will be analyzed and evaluated with GIS tools, ecological models, and land use projections to determine, which areas should be targeted for conservation. Building on large contiguous easements 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.

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
11
Mon
7:00 pm Banff Mountain Film Festival @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Banff Mountain Film Festival @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Banff Mountain Film Festival @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Banff Mountain Film Festival   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 11 & 12, 2019.[...]
Mar
12
Tue
7:00 pm Banff Mountain Film Festival @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Banff Mountain Film Festival @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Banff Mountain Film Festival @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Banff Mountain Film Festival   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 11 & 12, 2019.[...]
Mar
29
Fri
3:00 pm GUSTO Open House @ Railyard Park Community Room
GUSTO Open House @ Railyard Park Community Room
Mar 29 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
GUSTO Open House @ Railyard Park Community Room
Click here for Pdf version of flyer: GUSTO Open House and Sampler Mar 29_30
Mar
30
Sat
9:00 am GUSTO Open House and Trail Sampler @ Railyard Park Community Room
GUSTO Open House and Trail Sampler @ Railyard Park Community Room
Mar 30 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
GUSTO Open House and Trail Sampler @ Railyard Park Community Room
Open House presentation and discussion of GUSTO trail planning at the Railyard Park Community Room will be followed by a Trail Sampler, by Foot, Bike, or Horse – a “sampling” of GUSTO-built connections to La[...]
Apr
27
Sat
10:00 am Happy Earth Day / Acequia and Ri... @ Railyard Park Community Room
Happy Earth Day / Acequia and Ri... @ Railyard Park Community Room
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Happy Earth Day / Acequia and River Cruise @ Railyard Park Community Room | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Join this mellow community bicycle ride visiting trails, parks,  and mellow streets down the Acequia Madre and up the Santa Fe River.  The ride will begin and end at the Railyard Park, with a half-way[...]

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