Current Initiatives

  • Rio Fernando Park

    The Taos Land Trust is beginning the process of revitalizing a 20-acres of wetland and agricultural land next to Fred Baca Park. This project will revitalize a section of the Rio Fernando River, bring an acequia back to life, and restore the once-productive agricultural lands of this property.
  • Community Conservation

    From acequia associations who have proved vigilant stewards of the land and water for centuries, to ranchers who have chosen to restore their grasslands, much of our community has worked to preserve our landscapes and livelihoods for years.

Rio Fernando River Restoration – Getting Down to the Details

The Rio Fernando is a life-source running through the heart of Taos. Starting at the top of La Jara Canyon and running through Cañon, the Fernando slowly makes its way through town to the Rio Pueblo and eventually the Rio Grande. Although the history of the Rio Fernando is complex, we know that there have been vibrant species such as the Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout thriving along its banks. Currently, the species that call the Rio Fernando home, like the North American Beaver, Northern Goshawk, and various native minnows, have found ways to adapt to less than ideal water quality and river flow. Over time, the Rio Fernando has been impaired by overgrazing at the headwaters and along the upper corridor, aging septic systems, and heavy private development. According to the criteria set by the EPA through the Clean Water Act, there have been numerous E. coli exceedances at different ...

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Employment Opportunity

Taos Land Trust is looking for a Rio Fernando de Taos Revitalization Collaborative Communications Consultant
Join our dedicated team!
Please email resume and cover letter to
Apply by February 20, 2018.
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