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 39,999 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

Apr
24
Wed
9:00 am La Tierra Trails Work Day @ La Tierra Trails, La Cuchara Trailhead
La Tierra Trails Work Day @ La Tierra Trails, La Cuchara Trailhead
Apr 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
La Tierra Trails Work Day @ La Tierra Trails, La Cuchara Trailhead | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Come help SFCT trail volunteers to maintain public trails in the City La Tierra Trails area.  Bring work boots, long pants/shirt sleeves, sun protection, snacks, and water.  I’ll bring the tools! To sign up, contact Tim[...]
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[...]
12:00 pm Earth Day Celebration @ Railyard Park
Earth Day Celebration @ Railyard Park
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Earth Day Celebration @ Railyard Park
Enjoy a day in the sun at The Railyard Park, Santa Fe’s award-winning green space, to celebrate the Earth and local biodiversity in honor of 2019’s national Earth Day theme: Protect our Species! This free Earth Day[...]
May
1
Wed
9:00 am La Tierra Trails Work Day @ La Tierra Trails, Junction 22 Trailhead
La Tierra Trails Work Day @ La Tierra Trails, Junction 22 Trailhead
May 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
La Tierra Trails Work Day @ La Tierra Trails, Junction 22 Trailhead | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Come help SFCT trail volunteers to maintain public trails in the City La Tierra Trails area.  Bring work boots, long pants/shirt sleeves, sun protection, snacks, and water.  I’ll bring the tools! To sign up, contact Tim[...]
May
11
Sat
10:00 am Vamanos Hikes
Vamanos Hikes
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Vamanos Hikes
2nd Saturdays of the month 10 AM – 11 AM (Except in September when it’s on the 28th ) May 11th  “Find a View” Meet at Upper Canyon Road and Cerro Gordo Road  and walk[...]

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