Payment for Ecosystem Services

Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) is a pilot program which provides incentives to landowners in exchange for managing their land to provide an ecological service, such as habitat for plants and animals, soil cover, carbon sequestration, or clean air and water. The county completed a pilot program on rare plants and is currently working on a carbon sequestration program.

Rare Plants
A PES pilot project (PDF) was completed which surveyed rare plants on private lands in San Miguel County.

Carbon Ranching
The program is working to develop test sites to quantify soil carbon in order to develop a carbon sequestration program on private property.