The Village of Corrales has already protected approximately 70 acres of Corrales farmland and open space by purchasing conservation easements with bond funds approved by Corrales voters. On Nov. 7, Corraleños will have an opportunity to vote for another bond to add farmland and open space to the land already protected under conservation easements. Voting “yes” on the conservation easement bond measure will not increase any property owners’ taxes.

Landowners who put their property under conservation easements continue to own the property by selling only the right to develop the property. They may not build on the property or subdivide, or sell the water rights to the property. The land remains available for wildlife to use, for farmers to continue working the fields, and for Corrales to preserve its agricultural culture and open space for generations to come.

Following are a few of the properties protected under conservation easements. Nine of the 10 currently protected are held in trust by the New Mexico Land Conservancy and may be seen at www.nmlandconservancy.org/projects/northwest.

The Porter Property is held by the Taos Land Trust, which can be viewed at www.taoslandtrust.org, and was the first property to be protected in Corrales.

For a map of the properties, see the village web page: www.corrales-nm.org/page/agriculture-village-corrales.

Web staff for the newspaper.

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