Colorado, with its famous landscapes, abundant wildlife and Wild West heritage, continues to experience steady population growth. While growth has many benefits, the costs in the San Isabel region are significant. Subdivision, habitat loss and permanent dry-up of productive agricultural lands threaten our land, water and wildlife.
San Isabel Land Protection Trust works to protect our quality of life, which depends on a healthy, intact and beautiful landscape.
Private lands are important to our health, wealth, and heritage. We enable Colorado land conservation by working with landowners to protect and preserve the precious resources that define our region.
A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement between a private landowner and a land trust that permanently restricts and defines the amount and type of development permitted on a property. When a landowner’s vision for their property is one of little change, a conservation easement can be a useful tool. San Isabel Land Protection Trust doesn’t tell landowners how to manage their land, but focuses on the big picture by preventing subdivision, inappropriate industry and the sale of agricultural water rights.
“Because San Isabel is pro-agriculture, we were able to work closely with them to craft the contract we felt comfortable with which allows us to capture revenue off of the land while still living on it and maintaining full autonomy of ownership.”
- Elin Parker Ganschow, Music Meadows Ranch & Sangres Best
Conservation easements guarantee long-term protection, through generations of landowners, for places that are worth protecting.