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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 144,000 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.






Join our Team! NMLC seeks Development & Administrative Assistant

NMLC seeks a motivated and self-starting Development & Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support to development, finance & operations, and conservation staff to help run an efficient, smooth and effective office; and to assist with a wide variety of other activities and projects as needed. The position reports to the Development Coordinator, works closely with the Administration & Finance Manager and other staff, but supervises no staff.


NMLC’s 2014 Annual Report is Here

Take a look at our 2014 Annual Report to see all of the exciting projects that NMLC worked on in 2014!


NMLC Awarded Accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

On February 26, 2015 the New Mexico Land Conservancy announced that it has been awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.


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.


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 here