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Southwest Land Alliance
SWA logoThe Southwest Land Alliance – Conserving the Best of the Rockies The Southwest Land Alliance is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation dedicated to protect and preserve the wildlife, scenery, and traditional way of life of the extraordinary Upper San Juan Basin of Southwest Colorado through conservation easements.

We are headquartered in Pagosa Springs, in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, a region of outstanding scenic and recreational lands, productive ranches and forest, immense watersheds, and prime wildlife habitat.

We work to preserve, protect and enhance valuable regional attributes including:

  • wildlife habitat  
  • natural ecosystems  
  • open space  
  • watershed  
  • scenic vistas  
  • recreation areas  
  • historic & archaeological sites  
  • prime agricultural lands  
  • forest lands  

Our Mission

To be the leading voice for conservation of open space lands in the region, and to provide support to those who are willing to set aside future development of their land for conservation purposes. The main activities of the Alliance are to assist landowners in the development of conservations easements, and to function as the grantee organization for recorded easements.

SLA Profile

The Southwest Land Alliance (SLA) was founded in Archuleta County, Colorado in 1981. Currently the SLA holds 35 conservation easements, protecting over 13,400 acres. The SLA is governed by a Board of Directors that meet monthly. The members of the SLA Board and staff live throughout the region and include local ranchers, business owners, and homeowners. The annual membership meetings are held in September.

The SLA is one of many regional land trusts dedicated to preserving open space, wildlife habitat, and the family ranching way of life. Other land trust and preservation organizations can be accessed through our web site.

Contact Information
Michael Whiting, Executive Director
Southwest Land Alliance
PO Box 3417, 450 Lewis Street, 3rd Floor
Pagosa Springs CO   81147-3417
Phone: (970) 264-7779
FAX: (970) 264-5263

Southwest Land Alliance was founded in 1981.

The focus of Southwest Land Alliance is Southwestern Colorado, primarily the Upper San Juan River Basin in Archuleta, Mineral and Hinsdale Counties. .

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