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Project Details


Size:  2 acres

Location:  Sandoval County

Eco-Region:  Rio Grande Watershed

Conservation Values:  Agriculture, Scenic Open Space

Type of Project:  Purchased Conservation Easement

Date Completed:  October, 2005

Minge Property

The Minge property is located near the middle of the Village of Corrales, a traditional northern New Mexican community located in the Rio Grande River valley between the booming metropolitan cities of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. The property is currently leased for agricultural production and affords spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains which rise to more than 10,000 feet. The property is adjacent to the Casa San Ysidro Museum and across the street from the historic San Ysidro Church, both of which are Village landmarks and listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Buildings. When explaining why he sold an easement on his land next to the historic Casa San Ysidro Museum, which he also helped create, landowner Alan Minge said “The farmland program will greatly enhance the entire community and Corrales is to be commended for supporting it.”

He also noted that Albuquerque Museum officials had expressed an interest in seeing land adjacent to Casa San Ysidro remain in traditional agriculture. “There was always the thought in everybody’s mind that those fields would make an excellent place for continuing traditional farming. I think the museum would like to have an area to demonstrate traditional farming to visitors. I hope it will continue to enhance the community for ages to come.”

This easement was purchased by the Village of Corrales through its Farmland Preservation Program with assistance from NMLC and the Corrales Farmland Preservation Committee, and subsequently conveyed to the NMLC. The purpose of the Corrales Farmland Preservation Program is to preserve and protect the farmland, open space and viewsheds of the Village of Corrales in order to maintain its agricultural and rural character. Funding for the acquisition of the easement was provided by the Village of Corrales through funding generated from a local bond measure, and a federal grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm and Ranchland Protection Program, administered by the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service.




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