We preserve open space, agricultural lands and wildlife habitat through the use of voluntary conservation easements. Our vision of the Middle Rio Grande valley is a landscape rich with vegetation and wildlife, water in the river and ditches, thriving farms and connected rural and urban communities.

Conservation Easements

A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values.

Work with us

Are you a landowner interested in learning more about conservation easements and their benefits? We’d love to hear from you.

We also work with a number of partner organizations. Let us know if you’d like to collaborate.

Support Ag Conservation

Our work involves the support of our entire community. Your contribution has kept over 5500 acres in agriculture and wildlife habitat. A contribution today helps us educate landowners, the public, and regulatory entities about the value of conserving agricultural lands in the Middle Rio Grande.


Save the date.

RGALT announces our annual dinner! After many months of working towards accreditation, RGALT is now preparing to celebrate. This year, we will hold our annual dinner on Sunday, September 11th. You can expect amazing locally grown, farm fresh food crafted by expert... read more


RGALT today announced it has achieved accreditation – a mark of honor in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that RGALT lands will be protected forever. Accredited land trusts across the country... read more

Early success in 2016

The first two months of 2016 were productive ones for your Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust (RGALT). Not only did RGALT wrap up the accreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, but the organization also finalized five new conservation easements with a sixth expected to close soon. Not a bad start to this new year.

read more

Conservation Easements 101

A conservation easement (CE) is a voluntary and legally binding land protection agreement between a landowner (grantor) and a qualified conservation organization (grantee). Grantor and grantee work together to customize a CE appropriate to the land, as well as in... read more