Our Top Priorities
In 2007, the Turquoise Trail Preservation Trust was founded to develop a vision and long-term planning strategies for the Turquoise Trail Communities.
Grassroots organizations often joined our efforts, working piece- meal to address localized issues, struggling to mobilize broader support.
The Turquoise Trail Regional Alliance (TTRA) was formed as an umbrella organization to expand our vision and reach and leverage our collective strength.
The TTRA provides a strong alliance of diverse groups that have chosen to work together on issues of concern for the well being of this larger region.
Our goal remains to preserve the intrinsic beauty of our natural scenic landscape and its ecological habitat which is recognized as a critical wildlife corridor for a large variety of animals. Much of this region is culturally significant to the Pueblo communities and encompasses a large variety of archaeological sites.
We continue to support local small business, embracing the tourism and arts economies. We seek to preserve our traditional ranching communities and the historic qualities of the Trail.
Determined by issues affecting the Trail
1st: Strengthen and build our coalition through communication, education and sharing.
2nd: Liaison with State, County and private land owners to complete a recreational trail system connecting the San Pedro Mountains to the Sandia Mountains all along the southern half of the Turquoise Trail.
3rd: Monitor and be involved during review and Amendments of the SLDC and Zoning Ordinances. For example, in early 2016 the Board and the Alliance participated with Santa Fe County in strengthening the existing Hard Rock Mining Ordinance, which was written in the mid-1990s, suggesting provisions that address new technology and extraction processes that have been implemented since that time.
4th: Interact with government entities as appropriate. As our region covers three counties – Santa Fe, Sandoval and Bernalillo counties – we regularly participate in meetings that take place. We are often involved on the State level as well, depending on what Bills are introduced in the annual Legislative session.
We are actively working the formation of a San Pedro Mountains to Sandia Mountains non-motorized recreational trail with our alliance member, EMRTC.
On the east end: Santa Fe County Open Space plan for its 160-acre San Pedro Open Space parcel has been approved by the County Commssioners. This parcel will serve as trail head access to the adjacent 2,000 acres of BLM land. As a first step to assure safety for all, AML and BLM will treat mine hazards in 2018.
In the mid-section: over the past 9 years, City of ABQ Open Space has been working with volunteers to construct more than 10 miles of trail on their 1,200-acre Golden Open Space parcel. The final mile will be constructed this summer.</p><p>On the west end: The USFS La Madera Project has been delayed, so the concept of a trail to link the lower Crest Road to Placitas is stalled. Trust for Public Lands is looking into purchasing a 320-acre parcel, which would connect USFS to BLM lands. If this goes through, a connecting trail could run from the Sandias to Golden Open Space.