Size: 12.81 acres
Location: Sandoval County
Eco-Region: Rio Grande Watershed
Conservation Values: Agriculture, Scenic Open Space, Wildlife Habitat
Type of Project: Purchased Conservation Easement (Village of Corrales Farmland Preservation Program funding)
Date Completed: December 2020
Recognizing that their small, traditionally rural community was under increasing development pressure, due to the desirability of its setting along the Rio Grande Bosque in the midst of a dense and sprawling Albuquerque metro area, the residents of the Village of Corrales voted to take action to preserve their agricultural heritage and rural appeal. The Village passed a second bond measure administered through the Farmland Preservation Program to fund conservation easements on selected working farms in Corrales.
The Haslam farm is one of the largest remaining agriculturally productive parcel in the Village, consisting of valuable irrigated farmlands with prime soils, that have been in production for decades. The property is also a stopover for Sandhill cranes and other migratory birds and provides scenic views enjoyed by area residents, including those who frequent a public recreational trail nearby for walking, running, horseback riding and mountain biking. Working with Michael Scisco of Unique Places, LLC, NMLC finalized a conservation easement on the entire 12.8-acre Haslam property in December 2020, which will be held by NMLC in partnership with the Village of Corrales. A viewing platform was added to the property on the boundary along the main road into Corrales to enable passersby to stop and observe the cranes and other wildlife visiting the Haslam fields. NMLC thanks the Village of Corrales and the landowners, Brad and Deborah Haslam, for the decision to conserve this special property in perpetuity.