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 117,000 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.
NMLC Announces its Honoree for the 2013 Jane Wing Petchesky Conservation Award: Jim Winder
Jim Winder is a 4th generation rancher from Lake Valley, New Mexico. He is a co-founder and past chairman of the Quivira Coalition, former board member for the New Mexico Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and former executive committee member for the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club. In the last few years, Jim has been involved in several conservation development projects.
This year's award will be presented at an upscale Western-style event at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market Pavilion on Friday, November 8th from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.READ MORE
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Download NMLC’s 2012 Annual Report Here
One of NMLC's highlights of 2012 was the completion of the conservation easement over more than 5,000 acres in the Deer Canyon Preserve. The project involves one of several "heritage ranches" developed around the state with the intention of balancing human needs with sustainable ranching and conservation. Read all about it -- along with our other projects and organizational milestones -- by clicking here
NMLC Has Conserved 117,797 Acres!
Our latest project, a 2,800-acre ranch in Catron County, brings us to the brink of 118,000 acres conserved. We couldn't do this work without the generosity of our landowners, who have given up development rights in order to conserve the lands they love, as well as the individuals, businesses and foundations which make our work possible.READ MORE