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New Mexico Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition for Excellence

We are proud to announce that the New Mexico Land Conservancy (NMLC) has been awarded renewed accreditation for the next five years, 2020-2024, from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent panel of professionals who conduct an extensive review of the policies, programs and practices of each land trust applicant.

The result of the Commission’s evaluation is a measurable assurance that NMLC continues to conduct itself with ethical and professional excellence and continues to strive for improvement at all levels within the organization.

“As the only statewide land trust in New Mexico, the volume of work we’re doing now, compared to the last five years of our first accreditation, makes this renewal even more significant,” said NMLC’s Executive Director, Scott Wilber.  “We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous renewal process.”

“It is exciting to recognize NMLC’s continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction,” said Melissa Kalvestrand, executive director of the Commission. “Donors and partners can trust that the more than 400 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”

To date, NMLC has completed easements across more than 300,000 acres through New Mexico and parts of southern Arizona. We are grateful to work with more than 90 landowners and dozens of public and private partners who are committed to conservation and the protection of our land heritage here in the Southwest.

Scott Wilber added, “Our strength as an organization means that we are in a better position to fulfill the promise of permanently protecting, conserving and stewarding special places throughout this uniquely diverse and beautiful state forever, making New Mexico an even greater place for us and for future generations.” #


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