Dear Friend of NMLC,
It is my pleasure to provide to you our annual report for 2012. We hope you enjoy learning about our conservation successes over the past year.
One of the highlights of 2012 was the completion of the Deer Canyon Preserve conservation easement. Initiated in 2005 by rancher and conservation developer Jim Winder, Deer Canyon Preserve was one of several “heritage ranches” that were developed around the state, with the intention of creating planned conservation developments that balance human needs with sustainable ranching and conservation.
Developed in partnership with Verde Realty, Deer Canyon Preserve was designed to blend home sites into the surrounding landscape and minimize disruptions to sensitive natural and cultural resources. The area encompassed by the Deer Canyon easement was originally intended to be the third development phase of this subdivision, containing approximately 150 home sites. But after several years of a declining real estate market, Verde Realty made a wonderful choice — they decided to protect the entire 5,187 acres with an easement and then donate the land back to the homeowner’s association.
A fourth-generation rancher from Lake Valley, Jim Winder has been involved in a number of conservation initiatives over the past 20 years, including co-founding the Quivira Coalition, serving on the board of The Nature Conservancy, and helping NMLC conserve over 15,000 acres of high-conservation-value ranchland around the state.
We will be honoring Jim with our 2013 Jane Wing Petchesky Conservation Award on November 8th at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion in Santa Fe. We hope you will join us at the event, and we will send you more information in the coming months.
Meanwhile please enjoy our annual report, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.