More than 40,000 acres protected. Help us do more.

Private lands are important to our health, wealth and heritage. We help Colorado land conservation by working with landowners to protect and preserve the precious resources that define our region.

Conservation Easements

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.

Steps to creating a conservation easement

  • "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 to establish retirement funds and an investment portfolio, providing long-term income."

    – Keith Hood, fifth-generation rancher

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We have protected more than 40,000 acres with 132 conservation easements

Conservation easements guarantee long-term protection – through generations of landowners – for places that are worth protecting.