Size: 22 acres
Location: San Juan County
Conservation Values: Scenic Open Space, Wildlife Habitat
Type of Project: Transferred Conservation Easement
Date Completed: May 2018
This 22-acre property is one of three easements transferred to NMLC from the La Plata Open Space Conservancy in May 2018. The property is situated along the east bank of the San Juan River in a scenic valley near Blanco, NM, that is being converted to rural homesites of one to 10 acres each, thus fragmenting and degrading or destroying critical wildlife habitat, along with agricultural land and scenic open space.
The property contains rich and diverse wildlife habitat, which will likely see increased use by wildlife as surrounding lands are developed more and more. The property also provides scenic relief in an increasingly developed landscape and can be seen by rafters on the San Juan River.