Overview

The Taos County Community Conservation Plan brings together local priorities, local stories, and local expertise with the national leadership of The Trust for Public Land’s Planning and GIS team who facilitated community engagement and translated community input into state-of-the-art GIS mapping and modeling. Plan partners collaborated with community members to develop a shared vision, shared goals, and a practical action steps for implementation. Work on the Taos County Community Conservation Plan began in the summer of 2015 and concluded in the spring of 2017. Based on community outreach results, the top four conservation priorities for Taos County are:

1. Protect water quality and quantity

 

2. Protect cultural resources including traditional agriculture

 

3. Protect wildlife habitat

 

4. Provide access to recreational opportunities


An enormous number of people contributed their time and energy and passion to bringing the Taos County Community Conservation Plan to life. One-hundred and sixty people participated in community meetings and hundreds more gave their input through our survey, interviews, focus groups, and local events. Staff from Taos Land Trust, the Town of Taos, and National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program provided leadership and guidance as part of the core team for the plan. In addition, experts on local resources and recreation helped shape the maps that are part of this Community Conservation Plan as members of our technical advisory team. This Community Conservation Plan was made possible funding from the LOR Foundation, the Town of Taos, Taos County, and Taos Land Trust.