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To preserve New Mexico’s land heritage
by helping people conserve the places they love.

Scenic open space

Wildlife and natural habitats

Healthy watersheds, forests and working lands

Cultural and historic sites

Recreational lands

Our Work

Founded in 2002, NMLC is working to preserve New Mexico’s unique and diverse land heritage for conservation purposes and the benefit of local communities, the public, and future generations.

Our work is based on a deep respect for private property rights.

We adhere to the established best standards and practices of the land trust industry. Everything we do — landowner relations, field work, stewardship, and monitoring — respects both the land and private property rights.

New Mexico Land Conservancy is an accredited, statewide, non-profit Land Trust

Conserving Land. Preserving Heritage.

Our Strategic Priorities


of private land in targeted, ecologically important areas throughout the state and portions of southeast Arizona


through outreach and communication to raise public awareness of – and appreciation for – the critical need for conservation

Capacity Building

to help increase statewide support for conservation and to ensure NMLC’s viability and sustainability as a statewide land trust

Our NMLC Headquarters

The Petchesky Conservation Center – A gift of a lifetime, A New Mexico Legacy

Located in the heart of the Community College District on Santa Fe’s south side, the Petchesky Conservation Center was formerly the ranch home of Gene and Jane Petchesky. A passionate conservationist, Jane Petchesky donated the ranch house and 262 acres of land – 240 acres of which were already under conservation easement – to NMLC in February of 2009 to serve as our headquarters in support of our mission. The property also includes a trail easement along Arroyo Hondo that Jane granted to Santa Fe County in 2005. The trail will be part of a large trail system planned by the Santa Fe County Trails and Open Space Division for the Community College district.

Read about this special ranch property here.

‘What better setting for a land trust than to be sitting in the middle of 240 acres of conserved land.’

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