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.

RGALT turns 20

On September 17, 2017, we celebrated our 20th anniversary in Albuquerque’s South Valley. We shared stories about our love of New Mexico’s landscapes, reflected upon our achievements, and built relationships with new friends who share common visions of the Middle Rio Grande Valley. Explore photographs from this event by following the link below.


Conservation Heroes: The Gonzales’

Ernest Gonzales adored the section of the Rio Grande that passes through what used to be his 46-acre piece of property in Socorro County, New Mexico.  Located on the east side of the Rio Grande floodplain just outside of San Antonio, New Mexico, this land provided him...

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Remembering 20 years of Conservation

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...

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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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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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