The Santa Fe Conservation Trust is dedicated to preserving the spirit of place among the communities of northern New Mexico. SFCT works with landowners who are willing to donate a conservation easement, a voluntary protection agreement, to conserve their land by retiring development rights and keeping the land in its natural state. The purpose of these agreements is to help protect: natural habitat for wildlife, agricultural or working ranches, open space with scenic views, historic or culturally important lands and lands for public recreation and/or education. Landowners enter into such agreements for a variety of reasons, including the desire to keep the land as it is now and ensuring the next generation enjoys the natural wonder or cultural assets that the land contains. In most cases, these agreements allow landowners to access significant tax benefits from both federal and state programs.
Since 1993, SFCT has partnered with many landowners to protect their properties in perpetuities. SFCT currently holds 83 conservation easements on more than 36,000 acres in Santa Fe, San Miguel and Rio Arriba counties. We monitor these beautiful, protected lands annually, in perpetuity, ensuring they stay natural and increase in value to society over time as growth comes to the Land of Enchantment. We invite you to explore the conservation easement process, stewardship resources and our stunning protected lands below.