Our Mission: Preserving New Mexico’s land heritage by helping people conserve the places they love.
Whether you are a New Mexico native, a transplant or a frequent visitor, one of the things you love most about this state is the beauty and character of its land. It nurtures an amazing variety of species and its unique scenic beauty captivates residents and draws tourists from all over the world. The land is the foundation of the New Mexico experience.
In 2002, the New Mexico Land Conservancy was formed to help preserve this land heritage. To date, NMLC has conserved over 136,000 acres of land throughout the state at community, watershed and landscape scales. We call that a good start, but our plans for the future are bigger. We’ve set an ambitious 25-year goal of expanding that to one million acres by 2037.
How will we meet our goal? By partnering with others who share the same passion and vision to keep New Mexico the “Land of Enchantment,” and the same desire to preserve its resources for the benefit and enjoyment of local communities, the public and future generations of New Mexicans.
New Mexicans trust us to preserve the land they love. We invite you to join us in ensuring that the heritage we have received is the legacy we leave.
Land protection in the Rio Mora Valley takes a step forward at the Phoenix Ranch West near Watrous
At the close of 2014, local Las Vegas rancher and native New Mexican, Robert M. Quintana, contributed to the protection of an additional 5,453 acres of ranchland in the Rio Mora Valley by donating a conservation easement on his property at the Phoenix Ranch West, near Watrous, to the New Mexico Land Conservancy. READ MORE
NMLC JOB OPENING
NMLC is hiring a Land Protection Project Manager
Join the team! NMLC seeks a qualified and motivated individual to provide technical expertise, leadership and support to the organization by planning, generating, implementing, managing and helping fund land protection activities, including conservation easement and fee title acquisitions and transfers, landowner and community outreach, and project-related fundraising activities in support of the organization’s mission and in accordance with its established policies, plans and strategies.READ MORE
NMLC’s Fall/Winter Newsletter is Here!
See what NMLC's been up to this year-- working to protect land from the Mimbres Watershed to the Canadian, stewarding our growing portfolio of conservation easements, and celebrating a leader in the New Mexico conservation community.
Check it out hereREAD MORE
Bernalillo County Open Space Mill Levy passes with 72% of the vote
On November 4, 2014, voters passed the Bernalillo County Open Space Mill Levy with 72% of the vote! This was a team effort between the Land Trust Alliance, the Trust for Public Land, the Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust and NMLC. READ MORE
Listen to Scott Wilber, Lesli Allison and Frank Simms on the Radio Cafe
Visit KSFR's web page
to hear the podcast of Mary-Charlotte's interview with Scott Wilber, NMLC's Executive Director, Lesli Allison, Executive Director of the Western Landowners Alliance and Frank Simms, Chair of the Board for the Chama Peak Land Alliance. Lesli Allison is NMLC's 2014 Jane Wing Petchesky Award honoree, and is a rising star in the private land conservation movement. READ MORE
NMLC Facilitates Acquistion of Mimbres River Ranch by New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
On August 5, 2014, the New Mexico Land Conservancy announced that, through a unique public-private partnership between the NMLC and the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, a 1,010 acre ranch property located on the lower Mimbres River in southwestern New Mexico will become one of New Mexico’s newest State wildlife management areas.READ MORE
Lesli Allison to be 2014 Petchesky Conservation Award recipient
NMLC is happy to announce that we will be presenting our third-annual Jane Wing Petchesky Conservation Award to Lesli Allison on October 4th, 2014 at the Petchesky Conservation Center in Santa Fe. Lesli is Executive Director of the Western Landowner’s Alliance (WLA) and a founding member of
the Chama Peak Land Alliance (CPLA) in Colorado and
New Mexico is a rising star in the Western conservation
movement. At WLA, Lesli represents landowners and
managers from Sonora, Mexico to Alberta, Canada
throughout the Intermountain West who have banded
together in dedication to sustain working landscapes,
connect landscapes, protect native species and assure
the land is whole, healthy, productive, and maintains a
place for families to prosper.READ MORE
Restoration workshop weekend in the Valle Vidal, Aug 8-10
Interested in learning restoration techniques, getting muddy, and working to improve a beautiful corner of New Mexico? Join the Quivira Coalition for their annual Comanche Creek restoration weekend, August 8th-10th. READ MORE
Download NMLC’s 2013 Annual Report
Our most recent annual report is now available. NMLC was busy in 2013! We completed conservation easements that permanently protected bosque and irrigated pastures along the Chama River, grasslands in Catron and Mora counties, forest in the Pecos watershed, and a unique ranch on Johnson Mesa in Colfax County. Other 2013 highlights included the construction of a new trail at the Petchesky Conservation Center and the presentation of the annual Jane Wing Petchesky conservation award to rancher Jim Winder. Download the report here.READ MORE
Landowner workshop at the Pritzlaff Ranch, Saturday May 17th
Join NMLC and other conservation groups for a private landowner workshop at the Pritzlaff Ranch in San Ignacio, NM, this Saturday May 17th. NMLC and the Santa Fe Conservation Trust will be providing information on the use of conservation easements as a tool for private land protection. Other informational tables will include the NM Game and Fish access program, Partners for Fish and Wildlife restoration funding program, Friends of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, and more.READ MORE
New Mexico Land Conservancy Seeks National Seal of Approval
Scott Wilber, Executive Director of the New Mexico Land Conservancy, announced today that the state-wide land conservation organization is applying for accreditation by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
“Accreditation is fast becoming the standard for land trusts and eventually most, if not all, will have some level of accreditation or other certification,” said Wilber. To date only 238 of the nearly 1,700 land trusts in the U.S. have been accredited. “I feel confident that accreditation will strengthen our credibility with landowners, government agencies, charitable foundations, supporters and everyone in the land conservation community,” Wilber added.
NMLC thanks the Albert I. Pierce Foundation
NMLC is pleased to announce that the Albert I. Pierce foundation has generously provided grant funding to advance our conservation work in northeast New Mexico. With AIP's help, we look forward to expanding the scope and scale of land conservation in the northeast corner of the state. For info on AIP, go to: www.aipfoundation.orgREAD MORE
NMLC has conserved 127,577 acres statewide!
NMLC is happy to announce that we began 2014 with a total of 127,577 acres of land conserved across New Mexico, thanks to the recent completion of three new conservation easements in Colfax, Mora, and Rio Arriba counties. We couldn't have reached this total without the generosity of both our landowners and the individuals, businesses, and foundations that make our work possible.READ MORE
Check out NMLC’s Fall/Winter Newsletter
Download our 2013 Fall/Winter Newsletter for a profile of rancher and conservationist Jim Winder, news about our new trail at the Petchesky Conservation Center, and more.READ MORE
Thank You for Making our Event a Huge Success!
Thank you to everyone who attended our Celebration of Land Conservation on November 8th! It was a great event and we raised some good money for land conservation. We hope you were able to attend and enjoy wonderful remarks by Hampton Sides, join us in presenting the Jane Wing Petchesky Conservation Award to Jim Winder, eat great food, have a silly photo taken in the photobooth, and dance to the fabulous Syd Masters and the Swing Riders. And how about that silent auction! See the photos on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NMlandconservancy
Listen to Scott Wilber and Jim Winder on the Radio Cafe
Visit KSFR's web page
to hear the podcast of Mary-Charlotte's interview with Scott Wilber, NMLC's Executive Director, and Jim Winder, 2013 Jane Wing Petchesky Award honoree. Then join us tonight at 6:00 at the Farmers' Market Pavilion on Friday, November 8, as we celebrate land conservation in New Mexico. Tickets are $125 per person and the evening will feature western swing from Syd Masters and the Swing Riders, remarks by best-selling author Hampton Sides, a delicious buffet from Madrid's Mine Shaft Tavern, a western photo booth, and a fantastic silent auction.READ MORE