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

We believe that our quality of life is rooted in the love for our western landscapes. These open lands serve many purposes, from retaining farms and ranches, to providing rich resources for wildlife while supporting clean air and healthy watersheds. We work primarily with private landowners to develop conservation easements to protect these beautiful places for our enjoyment today and for future generations.

Now in our 33rd year, CALT is guided by a volunteer board of directors. As one of 1700 land trusts across America who are committed to conserving American's irreplaceable natural resources and agricultural lands in their local communities.

CALT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BECKY RUFFNER

BOARD PRESIDENT

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

VICE PRESIDENT

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.

DIANA KESSLER

SECRETARY

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.

KEN JORDAN

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.

ANNA MARY GLAAB

Anna Mary Glaab believes that preserving working ranches and allowing families to continue their generations-long work and lifestyle is vitally important to our country and society.

Born into the Rigden and Hays families, she grew up in Kirkland, AZ, getting her education working on the family ranch and attending the one room schoolhouse where her grandmother had taught in 1905.  From there she attended and graduated from Prescott High School.  She worked locally at the bank in Yarnell, then in 1983 was hired as a clerk at the Yarnell Justice Court.  After the judge retired, she ran for his seat and was elected to serve as Justice of the Peace in Bagdad and Yarnell – a position she held for 26 years.
 
All along, she continued to help her family working on and managing the ranch – something she continues to do.  Her lifelong involvement in ranching has taught her that nothing can compare to, or replace, the value of land and the freedom of open spaces.

Patricia Bruneau-Gaber

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.

DICK HANNA

Born in Denver, Colorado, Dick studied Ecology and Natural History at Prescott College, graduating in 1977. He spent a number of years engaged in field studies on raptors in Arizona and New Mexico; worked as an Interpretive Naturalist, writer, and painter in Wickenburg, Arizona; and worked as an instructor for the Southwest Outward Bound school based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He spent over 25 years as an Art Director and Graphic Designer in Denver, Colorado with clients including the Denver Museum of Natural History and many others.

Dick returned to Prescott two years ago, where he is happily engaged in, among other things, rehabilitating the riparian woodland and meadow on the acre of Aspen Creek on which he lives.

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. Alarmed citizens contacted the Trust for Public Land which, assisted in establishing the Central Arizona Land Trust (CALT) as the first local land trust in northern Arizona. Funds were raised through the “Save the Butte” capital campaign to purchase the land as open space for the City of Prescott with CALT holding the perpetual conservation easement to ensure that the scenic vistas of Thumb Butte are protected forever.

Today, CALT holds conservation easements on over 5,400 acres that include public open space and ranchlands.

CALT works in three counties throughout Central Arizona, including Yavapai, Coconino, and Maricopa. Our efforts to protect important open lands encompass a broad range of landscapes from Arizona's Sonoran Desert to rolling grasslands and high mountain forests. Our efforts also include  the Mogollon Rim, the Central Highlands, and the Colorado Plateau region. Our service area contains some of Arizona's greatest rivers, including the Verde, Salt, and Agua Fria. Arizona's most productive pine forests, rangelands and agricultural areas are found here, supporting local economies in a number of vibrant towns and small cities.

The most commonly used land protection tool is a conservation easement. As a voluntary agreement between the landowner and the land trust, the conservation easement defines the limitations on development to accomplish the goals of protection for each property.

A conservation easement guarantees the long-term protection of places worth protecting, through generations of landowners. Conservation easements are specific to each property and are used to protect land under a broad continuum of uses, from working farms and ranches to riparian habitats and wildlife corridors.

Conservation easements may be eligible for tax benefits. In 2015, Congress voted to approve the enhanced tax incentive for the donation of a conservation easement to a qualified organization. As an accredited, 501 (c) (3) Arizona non-profit land trust, the Central Arizona Land Trust is a qualified organization as required by the tax code.

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