New Mexico Land Conservancy

by New Mexico Land Conservancy

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Our mission: "To preserve New Mexico's land heritage by helping people conserve the places they love." Those of us at NMLC work tirelessly to help preserve land, water, wildlife, working lands, cultural resources, and scenic open space that make our state so unique!


New Mexico Land Conservancy (NMLC) is an accredited, nonprofit land trust working on your behalf to conserve land and protect our state's unique beauty, precious natural resources and our richly diverse, cultural land heritage.

The benefits of land we permanently conserve goes far beyond spectacular scenery. Our protected land support water quality and quantity (especially critical to New Mexico's future); protects farming and ranching as a way of life and so critical to future food security; provides essential habitat and migratory corridors for fish and wildlife; and even mitigates pollution and sequesters carbon!

This past year has been great for NMLC and for conservation! In Grant County we helped catalyze the county wide Outdoor Recreation & Trails Plan and repaired 10 miles of cattle exclusion fence along Bear Creek. In nearby Catron County we placed a conservation easement across a 200-acre Gila National Forest inholding that ensures riparian habitat along Lawson Springs will never be subdivided and developed.

Our biggest news was the completion of one of the largest conservation easements in US history: 303,292 acres of the Armendaris Ranch just east of T or C will remain intact and never be subdivided or developed (NMLC_Armendaris_Article). NMLC now stewards more than 650,000 acres across 117 properties. To keep up with all of this work in Southern New Mexico, we opened a new office in downtown Silver city and hired a new conservation specialist, Eric Head, to assist our Southern New Mexico Program Manager, Ron Troy.

NMLC relies on support from folks like you, who love this land, to help us continue our work, which is now more relevant than ever. Join us!