Conservation Committee

Committee Chair: Paul Butt,

ECIA Board Liaison: Jonathan Turkle

Alternate Board Liaison: Carol Sanguinetti

ECIA Staff Liasion: Mike Rogers

ECIA Staff Alternate: Mark Young 

Members:  Carol Beidleman, Tom Brimacombe, Tom Bredenberg, John Parker, John Reynolds, Sue Will & Jürgen Lehmann

Meeting Time & Place:

The first Tuesday of every month at 7 pm. Hybrid Zoom Meeting with invitations sent out monthly.


The mission of the Conservation Committee is to advise, assist and recommend to the ECIA Board of Directors actions to protect the existing natural resources of the community and enhance these resources whenever possible, to provide recreational opportunities for the community in the use of these natural resources and to offer a variety of opportunities for resource education.

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Charter for the Eldorado Community Improvement Association, Inc. Conservation Committee

1.0 The Mission Statement

The mission of the Conservation Committee is to advise, assist and recommend to the Eldorado Community Improvement Association (ECIA) Board of Directors actions to protect the existing natural resources of the community and enhance these resources whenever possible, to provide recreational opportunities for the community in the use of these natural resources, and to offer a variety of opportunities for resource education.  The recommendations of the Committee shall be based on their collective judgement as they balance the needs of the community with available financial resources.

2.0 Background Statement

The community of Eldorado has evolved from initial development into a maturing community concerned with preserving and improving its property values and living environment.  This growth is exemplified by an increasing level of community support for amenities that improve the quality of life in Eldorado.

The Eldorado Community Preserve (Preserve) comprises 4,094 acres of undeveloped land lying south of Interstate 25 and east of Highway 285.  Eldorado at Santa Fe, Inc. deeded it to the ECIA as long as the property is used as an undeveloped wilderness area for the use of the membership of the ECIA (Warranty Deed dated December 9, 1982).  The Preserve is undeveloped former range land, part of the old Simpson Ranch before being purchased by American Realty and Petroleum Corporation (AMREP).  In 1981, the ECIA created a Wilderness Committee, now called the Conservation Committee, to protect and preserve this area.

In addition to the Preserve, in 1996 the ECIA acquired the Greenbelts from AMREP.  The Greenbelts are approximately 1,000 acres winding throughout the community.  The Greenbelts were placed under the general oversight of the Conservation Committee because of the similarity of land use.

Eldorado is a Planned Unit Development and, as such, the taxes on each individual lot within the community include the value of the 4,094 acre Preserve, the 1,000 acres of Greenbelts and the 29 acre Community Center complex.

The purpose of this charter is to provide the foundation for establishing clear roles, responsibilities, expectations, and standards for the Conservation Committee.

3.0 Working Procedures

  • The Conservation Committee shall meet monthly, as announced. The Chairperson shall set the time and date of the meeting and prepare the agenda for distribution to all members.  A meeting notice shall be published in the ECIA Vistas. Vistas are posted on the ECIA website along with the agenda, which will be posted at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.  Information such as agendas, minutes, and other notices will be supplied to the Community Relations Coordinator in a timely manner. Special meetings may be conducted as required.
  • Typically, decisions are made by consensus. When formal voting is required, each member shall have one vote, except the Chairperson.  The Chairperson shall decide tie votes.  The Chairperson may designate a Vice-Chairperson and Secretary.
  • A quorum constitutes four Committee members.
  • Minutes shall be taken at each meeting and prior meeting minutes shall be approved at the start of each meeting. Draft copies of meeting minutes shall be sent to each member as well as the ECIA Board.


  • Communication to specific Lot Owners, when warranted, shall be done by U.S. mail. Communication to the Eldorado Community shall be done through the Vistas.

4.0 Level and Scope of Activities

The committee shall endeavor to provide orderly, long-term planning, set goals, prepare budget requests, maintain the resources, and provide for appropriate recreational activities in the Preserve and Greenbelts for ECIA members.  The committee desires to protect and maintain the Preserve and Greenbelts in as natural and undisturbed state as possible, preserving the native plant and wildlife habitat for the pleasure of the community.

The committee shall strive to do the following:

  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures to the ECIA which promote sustainable use of the Preserve and Greenbelt properties by residents, construct and maintain trails to provide access, organize and lead educational events to acquaint residents with the trails, provide maps of the areas, and develop written and oral material for informational and educational purposes.
  • Develop and recommend policies to the ECIA which minimize impacts on and encourage good stewardship of the ecological, scenic, and historic features within the Preserve and Greenbelts.
  • Recommend to the ECIA rules and regulations for the safe use of the Preserve and Greenbelts by residents.
  • Protect the Preserve and Greenbelts while making them available for use by the residents by marking and posting boundary and access points. Work with other agencies to protect legal access and deter vandalism.  Where indicated, recommend to the ECIA the fencing of boundaries to mitigate illegal use, including cattle trespass, and to mitigate liability.
  • Design and execute work projects that enlist the assistance of volunteers.
  • Prepare detailed recommendations, including technical support and specifications, for the implementation of work required to maintain and improve the Preserve and Greenbelts, and present the recommendations to the ECIA Board and General Manager for review and approval. The Committee does not have legal authority to enter into a contract for the ECIA.
  • Provide annual budget recommendations to the General Manager and Finance Committee.

In fulfilling the above, the Conservation Committee will seek to communicate with the ECIA to report on issues and explain and seek approval for projects and policies.

The General Manager shall provide the oversight function and resources for maintenance and capital improvements within the Preserve and Greenbelts based on Board priorities and committee requests.

5.0 Products and Reports Requirements

  • Meeting minutes shall be submitted to the Board prior to the Board Meeting.
  • An annual Conservation Committee Report shall be submitted for the ECIA annual community information package.
  • The Conservation Committee Charter shall be submitted annually to the Board for review and approval, if changes are made.
  • Recommendations for new committee members and a report of committee members who resign shall be submitted to the Board.
  • A Committee budget shall be provided annually to the Board.

6.0 Committee Membership and Responsibility

Committee members are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous, professional manner when communicating with Board Members, fellow Committee Members, ECIA Staff, outside contractors, Eldorado residents and other members of the public, including in electronic communications and on social media.

Committee members who violate this policy by acting in an unprofessional, inappropriate or unacceptable manner will be subject to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to censure, removal as committee officer, or removal from the committee by a majority of the Board of Directors.

  • The Committee shall strive to insure a combination of experience and skills in its membership that supports the mission of the Committee and Board. The Committee welcomes new members who are highly interested in the mission.  Prospective members shall attend a minimum of three meetings and may volunteer for such other activities as the Committee may determine.  Upon approval of the Committee, prospective members shall be recommended in writing to the ECIA Board for appointment. 
  • The Chairperson shall be elected or agreed upon by committee members. There is no definite term of office.  The Chairperson, or designee, shall lead the committee in meetings and activities and coordinate all business.
  • It is the responsibility of each committee member to attend regularly scheduled meetings, unless excused by the Chairperson. Three consecutive unexcused absences indicate a lack of interest in the Committee’s activities and shall be grounds for dismissal.  Committee members are expected to contribute where possible to committee projects and participate in committee activities.
  • The ECIA may designate a Board Liaison and Alternate Liaison to the Committee.

7.0 Resources Required and Available

  • Regularly scheduled meetings shall be conducted at the ECIA Community Center.
  • Administrative support and supplies shall be obtained from the ECIA office.
  • Financial needs to operate the Committee shall be budgeted annually, similar to other committees, and controlled by the General Manager.
  • A storage room available for committee-related use is located in the maintenance building at the Community Center.

Approved _____________________________          ___________________

                        Board President                                              Date


Useful Links

Trails Alliance of Santa Fe

Santa Fe Conservation Trust:

Dale Ball Trails:

La Tierra Trails:

Santa Fe Mountain Bike Club:

Santa Fe Sierra Club:

International Mountain Biking Association:

USFS Travel Management Plan:

Galisteo Basin Preserve:

Eldorado Preserve Plant Survey

 Plant Survey



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