Protecting Land, Trails and Skies in Northern New Mexico

Santa Fe Conservation Trust

Saving Land. For Everyone. Forever.

New Mexico’s stunning, untouched landscapes—the life–supporting lands essential for healthy wildlife, clean air, pure water, and food–producing soils—are rapidly disappearing. The Santa Fe Conservation Trust is helping to create a network of natural, open lands in and around our communities, forever protected for all living creatures. By providing landowners with tools to place their lands into voluntary conservation status, we now oversee protection of more than 36,000 acres in northern New Mexico.

We’re your local land trust, dedicated to preserving the spirit of place among the landscapes of northern New Mexico. We protect open spaces and critical wildlife habitat, create trails, and protect the traditional landscapes of our diverse cultures.

We are a private non-profit organization, supported by the generosity of hundreds of people who share our passion- a healthy environment sustaining a healthy community. Learn more about the Santa Fe Conservation Trust and ways you can join us in our efforts to save the enchantment of Northern New Mexico.

Please consider making a donation today. Take a look at donor levels and benefits.


Remembering Dale Ball

Dale Ball, circa 1998

Dale Ball, circa 1998

May 20, 1924 to February 14, 2016

Dale was known for his talent as an articulate and masterful negotiator who was stunningly successful at turning his ideas into reality by collaborating with others to achieve his visionary goals. As the first Executive Director of the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, from 1993-1999, he closed on almost 30 conservation easements, preserving 18,112 acres – a total land area greater than similar land trusts in Texas and Arizona combined. Arrangements were made for more than a dozen miles of a Rail Trail paralleling the train tracks running from downtown Santa Fe to the village of Lamy. Key segments of the Historic Santa Fe Trail were protected. Plans for trails near the new bypass Highway 599 were laid.

“What Dale Ball has accomplished in six short years is nothing short of amazing. He deserves the thanks of the entire community.”
~ Stewart Udall

Reflecting on his work with the Santa Fe Conservation Trust and the Dale Ball Trail System, Dale said:

“I had a dream that Santa Fe would become a hiking center.”

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