Protecting our Priority Landscapes and Waterways
In New Mexico, the Conservancy has helped protect 1.4 million acres of land critical to wildlife and people—including six preserves, three of which are open to the public.
We have also influenced land and water management on 18 million acres, hold voluntary land conservation easements on more than half a million acres, and are currently working on the development of groundbreaking strategies to address climate change.
Milnesand Prairie Preserve: The lesser prairie chicken once roamed in abundant numbers across the high plains of five states. Yet since 1900, their populations plummeted by 97 percent. Now, thanks to efforts to protect some of the best prairie chicken habitat left in the Lower 48, these distinctive "booming" birds have a greater chance of survival.
Santa Fe Canyon Preserve: An open space of 525 acres that offers a thriving bosque of cottonwood and willow trees, a pond, the ruins of an historic Victorian-era dam, hiking trails, more than 140 species of birds and the original route of the Santa Fe River.
Gila Riparian Preserve: This preserve protects a prime example of the Southwest's fragile riparian habitat and the verdant gallery woodland along the Gila River, the last of the Southwest's major free-flowing rivers. This is the most diverse broadleaf deciduous woodland in New Mexico.
Mimbres River Preserve: Located near Silver City, this preserve covers 600 acres and five river miles of streamside habitat that supports a diverse array of plants and animals.
Rio Nutria Preserve: The Rio Nutria Preserve in the Zuni Mountains of west-central New Mexico provides essential habitat for the Zuni bluehead sucker, an endemic fish of the upper Little Colorado River.
Sabo Preserve: The 30-acre Sabo Preserve was donated to protect a tiny cactus that originally only grew on a single small hill near the Colorado border in northwest New Mexico.
The April 2005 purchase of a 46,000-acre Mexican ranch will protect threatened grasslands and the world’s largest prairie dog colony. Conservationists and ranchers will work together to use cattle grazing, prairie dogs and reseeding to restore the grasslands.
The Diamond A Ranch
Located in the bootheel of New Mexico, the Diamond A Ranch is one of the most significant sites in the nation. It spans 500-square miles and contains more than 700 species of plants, 75 mammals, 50 reptiles and amphibians and more than 170 species of breeding birds.
In partnership with local land trusts, government agencies and others, The Nature Conservancy has protected a variety of places you know and love in New Mexico.