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 three counties throughout Central & Northern Arizona, including Yavapai, Coconino, 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.

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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conservation easements

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Mailing Address
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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