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 and water.
That is why 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 that is 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.
"The Hood Family placed a conservation easement on our ranch because it gave us a chance to preserve the land as undeveloped property while allowing the operation of the ranch to continue to make ranching decisions as we have always done. It also provided funding for the establishment of retirement funds and an investment portfolio providing long term income."
- Keith Hood, 5th Generation Rancher
Conservation easements guarantee long-term protection through generations of landowners, for places that are worth protecting.