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.
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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.
Join us for the 2016 Harvest Dinner
Our annual fundraiser is on Sunday, September 11th from 4pm to starlight at the Gutierrez Hubbell House in the South Valley. Enjoy fabulous local food prepared by some of New Mexico’s best chefs, as well as live music and a silent auction!
STORIES FROM THE FIELD
RGALT is thrilled to be celebrating 20 years of dedication to the protection of the land we all cherish for people and for wildlife in Central, New Mexico.We have achieved tremendous conservation work over the last 20 years, bringing millions of federal and state...read more
Matthew and Stephanie Mitchell live on 18 acres of land alongside the banks of the Rio Grande in Socorro County, New Mexico. Stepping onto the front porch of their small passive solar home, you are greeted by the sounds of a healthy Cottonwood-Willow gallery forest:...read more
During NM Governor Bill Richardson’s first term in office, I was director of policy and issues, and I dealt with matters concerning water. During that time, Cecilia Rosacker and several colleagues approached the Governor’s office about the possibility of obtaining...read more
From her Socorro County farm, RGALT’s director, Cecilia Rosacker, saw the black cloud billowing in the distance. The culprit was a fire in the Escondida area of the Rio Grande Bosque—a place near 4 of RGALT’s conservation easements. The following morning, with smoke...read more
Conservation easements, land trusts, restoration projects—these tools of land and natural resource protection can seem a bit abstract and complex. However, once you meet the people behind them, the value of these tools paired with the passion and amazing synergy among...read more
When the Jones sisters inherited their family farm, they knew one thing for certain: they wanted it to remain farmland. Their parents raised the sisters on their small three acre farm, irrigated off the historic Cristo Rey acequia in Albuquerque’s South Valley....read more
Dear Friends, Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust’s is pleased to invite you join us in celebrating our recent successes and the NM harvest at our 2016 Harvest Dinner - Sunday, September 11th at the historic Guitierrez Hubbell House in the South Valley - 4pm to...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
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
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