TAOS LAND TRUST Protecting open and productive lands in northern New Mexico
Tree-lined acequias and irrigated farmland, forested mountains and wildlife habitat, expansive sagebrush mesas and inspiring views — this extraordinary natural and cultural landscape is one of our greatest assets and lies at the core of northern New Mexico’s distinctive rural character and special quality of life.
But economic and other pressures can put these precious lands at risk of being sold for development. We offer land owners an option to protect their land while taking advantage of generous tax benefits. In this way, they can enjoy financial benefits while leaving a permanent legacy of natural, open space for the generations to come.
The Touch-Me-Not Mountain Preserve, Eagle Nest - Taos Land Trust has protected this 554.54 acre property since 2006.
The voluntary conservation easements is one of the tools we use to help landowners protect their family lands. Landowners decide how their land will be used in the future by voluntarily retiring some or all of their development rights. They still own the land, are completely free to decide how they want the land used and are not required to provide public access. They can continue farming, ranching or other sustainable uses, can sell it or pass it on to heirs, but the protection stays with the land forever no matter who owns it.
Retiring development rights on private land is a real gift to the public and future generations. In recognition of that gift, we make sure that landowners at any income level qualify for all the federal and state tax breaks and other financial benefits they are entitled to. To date we have protected over 24.000 acres of land including Conservations Easements that range in size from less than 2 acres up to nearly 3000 acres.
Did you know? An area over twice the size of all the national parks in the contguous United States is protected by land trusts - over 47 million acres. Source - 2012 Land Trust Alliance Census
With your support, Taos Land Trust protects over 24,000 acres of land in New Mexico.
Taos Land Trust has also partnered with other organizations to save places like the Taos Valley Overlook, that fabulous view of the gorge as you come to the top of the horseshoe curve south of town, and Ute Mountain. These are now over 17,00 acres of protected lands owned by you, the public.
Taos Valley Overlook Federal Purchase, south of Taos- This is a 2580 acre property has been protected since 2003
At Taos Land Trust we also understand that you cannot separate the land from the people. Through our De la Tierra a la Cosecha (From Earth To Harvest) collaboration, we promote productive the family farming and ranching that will provide us with food security. We also work with local government to make sure that land conservation is always a part of long-range planning.
Trust - As the only land trust in Northern New Mexico accredited by the Land Trust Alliance you can be assured that we adhere to the highest standard of business processes, sound legal practices and proper use of the funds provided to us. We also follow a regular regimen of auditing by external partners to ensure that we are worthy of the trust of our community.
Did You Know? Taos is losing farmland at an alarming rate. In recent years there has been a 29% loss of farmland in Taos county as opposed to a national average of 18% nationally. Source -Taos Economic Development Corporation
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