We are dedicated to preserving working lands, wildlife habitat, open space and scenic vistas for New Mexico’s future 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.

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!


Creating a String of Pearls

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...

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Saving the Farm for the Next Generation

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....

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Celebrating Success with the 2016 Harvest Dinner

  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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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