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 Restoration Work is Under Way!

If you’ve been watching our Facebook page or Instagram and Twitter feeds the past two weeks then you know that the riparian and wetland restoration work we have long planned at Rio Fernando Park is well under way. In the first stage we brought in forest restoration expert Mark Schuetz of Taos to remove the dozens of Russian Olive trees that had blanketed the stream banks for decades. The Russian Olives are an invasive tree species that tightens the stream channel, discouraging natural flooding cycles. The olives also a reduce biodiversity and push out native plant species that provide habitat for the native wildlife species we want to see along the Rio Fernando including the beaver and the Willow Flycatcher. Mark was joined by an amazing crew of Americorps folks on loan to us from DreamTree. That crew busted butt, moving the work along rapidly ...

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“I want to see a park where the public can easily feel like this is their space. I want to see a park with equitable access. Walking space, places for youth to hang out. I want to see a park with edible fruit trees where people can stop off for a snack. I want to see a park where our youth are involved. I know there has been a talk about a lot of agricultural activities. But let’s make sure that is kid focused. I’d love it if there was an after school agricultural club where the kids can take those veggies home, maybe sell them at the market.” – Anonymous, Town of Taos