The New Mexico Land Conservancy received the "gift of a lifetime" when distinguished New Mexico philanthropist and outdoor enthusiast Jane Petchesky donated the 262-acre Petchesky Ranch, a landmark property near Santa Fe Community College, to our organization for use as our new center of operations and public education. The gift was made after Billie Blair, director of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, researched trust organizations in New Mexico on Ms. Petchesky’s behalf. Jane felt the goals and track record of NMLC were an ideal match to her lifelong interests in promoting and preserving New Mexico quality of life.
Jane and her husband, Gene, co-owned and operated The Guarantee store on the Santa Fe Plaza for many years. They were known for their love of the land, passion for horses and riding, community involvement and philanthropy.
The property, now known as the Petchesky Conservation Center, will allow the New Mexico Land Conservancy to have a significant presence in Santa Fe, offer space for workshops, meetings and events, and will be instrumental in furthering Jane Petchesky’s passion for conserving open space in New Mexico.
Listen to a 2009 interview of NMLC’s Executive Director Scott Wilber on Santa Fe Public Radio’s Journey Home with Diego Mulligan. Scott discusses the Petchesky property, the activities of the NMLC, and how conservation easements work and benefit both landowners and the public. (19 min.)