We are very excited to announce that The Biophilia Foundation has also joined the Orme Ranch Forever campaign with the generous offer to donate $50,000 if we can raise $50,000. This tremendous opportunity begins this week and runs until December 31, 2020! All gifts to the Orme Ranch Forever campaign up to $5,000 will be matched dollar-for dollar by The Biophilia Foundation until the $50,000 challenge grant is equaled.


Donation Incentive from COVID-19 CARES Act

New Income Tax Deduction Available for 2020 Tax Year. Individual taxpayers can take up to $300 ($600 for a married couple) in annual charitable contributions. This is available only to people who take the standard deduction (for taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions). It is an “above the line” adjustment to income that will reduce a donor’s adjusted gross income (AGI), and thereby reduce taxable income.




Many THANKS to all who supported CALT's  efforts in placing a conservation easement on this unique property.


We're excited to share that we recently received a land donation on the slopes of Thumb Butte, Prescott's iconic landmark. The generous donor, Mr. Robert Knudsen, has deep roots in Arizona. His grandparents and other family members migrated from Arkansas to Arizona. Great Aunt Antoinette was a schoolteacher and in 1909 she bought a  one-acre property in Prescott with a view of Thumb Butte and the valley for $1.

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who we are

CALT is a community-based, nationally accredited Arizona non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the irreplaceable landscapes that define central and northern Arizona.

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our history

In 1989, a bulldozer began carving out new home sites at the foot of Thumb Butte, a cherished scenic historic landmark overlooking the City of Prescott.

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CALT works in six counties throughout Central & Northern Arizona, including Yavapai, Coconino, Mohave, Navajo, Apache, and Maricopa.

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"Conservation of special landscapes is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. When a willing landowner partners with a local land trust, they preserve the future of that landscape forever."
-Becky Ruffner, CALT Board President

"Through our strong partnership with the Central Arizona Land Trust on the Thumb Butte, Payne-Granite Dells, and Boyle Debusk Conservation Easements, we have enhanced our open space footprint and expanded our nationally-recognized public recreational trails network. We are very grateful for their efforts and look forward to working with them on the protection and preservation of open space in Prescott for years to come."
-Michael Lamar, City Manager for the City of Prescott.

“The conservation easement at the Frontiere Property furthers our mission while protecting a beautiful and ecologically valuable asset for today’s and future generations. That is somethingthe County, Central Arizona Land Trust, and the Army National Guard can be very proud of."
-Cynthia Nemeth, Director of Coconino County Parks and Recreation.

"We have been long time cattle ranchers in the state of Arizona since 1965 and we appreciate  conservation easements protecting rural lands."
-Claudette Haverfield, owner of Seven Spears Ranch.

Conservation Easements are legal instruments that protect open space, natural resources, and wildlife habitat.  We are delighted with the effort that the Central Arizona Land Trust made to create the Easement for Coldwater Farm. Now this vital habitat for wild animals including endangered Yellow-billed Cuckoos and the Southwestern Willow Flycatchers is safe from all future development.
-Coldwater Farm owners Garry and Denise Rogers


Land protection

CALT works with private landowners to develop conservation easements that protect open space, wildlife habitat, scenic views, and working farms and ranches in perpetuity.

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Creating a lasting legacy through
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tax benefits

A conservation easement may be treated as a charitable gift, for Federal Tax purposes, if donated to a qualifying organization, such as CALT, making the value of the easement tax deductible.


CALT invites people of all ages to experience the beauty and uniqueness of our easement areas. Outreach efforts and activities include opportunities to learn about birds and their habitat, wetland ecology, and riparian environments.


CALT works with landowners to evaluate land protection options and to develop conservation easements specific to the property. Each conservation easement is unique and addresses the resources being protected.

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Becky Ruffner is part of a family with five generations in central Arizona, beginning in the 1860's when Marion Ruffner homesteaded near Tavasi Marsh in the Verde Valley.  Her deep love of western landscapes brought her to the work of the Central Arizona Land Trust and local conservation efforts of land trusts throughout the country.



Judy Clapp graduated from Prescott College with a BA in Outdoor Education. After graduating she worked for the US Forest Service, both on kayak patrol on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, and on a number of wilderness lookout towers in the Frank Church Wilderness area of Idaho. She then went from the great outdoors to the great indoors, working as an audio engineer/mixer based in Los Angeles.

After returning to the Prescott area, she bought a mobile home park and eventually partnered with Coalition for Compassion & Justice to provide affordable housing. She has served on the Board of Trustees of Prescott College as well as her neighborhood HOA board.



Member of family ranching business in Coconino County, Arizona; 100+ years on same piece of ground. BA from UofA, married, 2 children, 5 grandchildren; bookkeeper by trade. Believe it is vitally important to keep working lands producing, or begin again to produce, the wealth from natural resources that made our nation great. Saving these open lands as open is the work of land trusts. Exciting times ahead on this work.



Patricia grew up in the foothills of the Sierras in Northern California. Her undergraduate studies occurred both at Oregon State University and at the University of Oregon, where she earned her BS and MS, with a focus on science and education. A career in community college administration led to work in Alaska, Oregon and Arizona. She ended her “working” days as a Financial Advisor in Prescott.

The wide, open spaces of the west have informed Patricia’s life.  Her background and experiences, as well as love of wide, open spaces, are a solid foundation for her activity with CALT.


Continuing his family´s legacy as Arizona pioneers, Ken Jordan has been ranching for 40 years, both in the cattle and meat goat production. He also worked for 37 years as a contract responder for major disasters, a job in which he helped people both around the country and abroad recover after natural catastrophes. Ken remains committed to the wise use of natural resources and open space.

Dave Irvine

Dave Irvine is the Executive Director of the Highlands Center for Natural History in Prescott, AZ. Dave brings in over 30 years of experience working with non–profit, science education organizations.

Locally Dave has served on number of committees involved with stewardship of public lands and Prescott National Forest including: the Prescott Stewardship Forum, Central Arizona Sustainable Recreation Coordinating Team, and the Yavapai County Resource Allocation Committee (RAC). Dave holds a BS degree from Penn State University in Parks & Recreation with emphasis in Environmental Interpretation.

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Central Arizona Land Trust
PO Box 1050
Prescott, AZ, 86302

Physical address:
1577 Plaza W. Dr.
Prescott, AZ 86303

Call us please: 928-445-7790

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