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 while leaving a permanent legacy of natural, open space for the generations to come.
Is a Conservation Easement the Right Choice for You?
The 2020 Edition of the Taos Land Trust Landowner Handbook offers a detailed explanation of conservation easements, what an easement does and doesn’t do, the steps to create a conservation easement and what happens after you’d permanently protected your land.
(plus it’s got lots of pretty pictures)
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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. Landowners retain many of their rights, including the right to own and use the land, sell it and pass it on to their heirs. Helping landowners decide if a conservation easement is right for them and then helping them through that process is the core mission of the Taos Land Trust.
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