Silver City Social
On a recent beautiful fall evening in Silver City, friends gathered with NMLC staff to celebrate the 60,000-plus acres that we’ve protected in southwest New Mexico and southeast Arizona.
We hosted the festive reception at the historic Bear Mountain Lodge introducing our first locally-based staff member, Ron Troy. Ron spoke about the importance of private lands conservation and described some key projects that will help conserve wildlife habitat, agricultural lands, historic properties, river corridors and scenic vistas. We were thrilled with the large enthusiastic turnout, which allowed for informative conversations and pertinent questions about land conservation.
We were especially pleased to welcome Ken Ladner, Silver City mayor; Lynda Aiman Smith, City Council member; and Raul Turrieta, Grant County assessor as well as local business owners, artists, writers, conservationists and landowners. Before the evening closed, NMLC staff surprised landowners A.T. and Cinda Cole with a framed photograph of their property. NMLC deeply appreciates our partnership with the Coles and all of the extensive work they have completed on the Pitchfork Ranch in restoring ecological conditions along the Burro Ciénega.
We look forward to a long and positive association with community members as we all work to preserve the unique qualities and iconic landscapes that make New Mexico special.
A special thank you to PNM for their generous sponsorship of our event!