Size: 289 acres
Location: San Miguel County
Eco-Region: Southern Rocky Mountains
Conservation Values: Agriculture, Scenic Open Space, Wildlife Habitat
Type of Project: Donated Conservation Easement
Date Completed: June 2013
In June 2013, NMLC completed an easement over 288 acres of land adjacent to the Santa Fe National Forest in San Miguel County. This property, affectionately called “Creeky Springs” after an old bedspring that was discovered in the creek, is owned by The Forest Trust, a nonprofit conservation organization based in Santa Fe. The Forest Trust holds a conservation easement over approximately 2,500 acres south of Creeky Springs, so with the completion of this new easement, NMLC and The Forest Trust have together permanently conserved a large buffer of land adjacent to the Santa Fe National Forest. The property is bisected by Sebadilla Creek, which hosts an impressive stand of willows, cottonwoods, and other wetland vegetation whose fall colors are in great display this time of year. Creeky Springs is home to bears, turkeys, elk and other diverse wildlife. NMLC was pleased to partner with The Forest Trust to conserve this special place.