Dripping Springs - 2,852 acres Dona Ana County (1988)
Description: Nestled at the base of the Organ Mountains on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, Dripping Springs features a number of sheer canyons with permanent water sources and a wealth of natural habitats containing great biological diversity. The naturally occurring water sources allow for the survival of such varied plants as velvet ash, netleaf hackberry and the endangered Organ Mountain evening primrose. Bird species include Red-naped sapsuckers, Prairie falcons and Canyon wrens. The site is managed by the BLM.
Directions & Visitor Status: From Interstate 25 in Las Cruces, take the University exit. Go east on University Blvd. until you see signs for the preserve's A. B. Cox Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is open to the public from 9-5 daily except on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The preserve is open from 8:00 a.m.. to sunset year round. The day use fee is $3.00.
Edward Sargent Fish and Wildlife Area - 20,208 acres Rio Arriba County (1976)
Description: The Edward Sargent Fish and Wildlife Area borders the Chama River just south of the New Mexico/Colorado state line. The area holds a major portion of the Chamita River Valley and forms a broad basin of grasslands and wildflowers which provide excellent habitat for deer and elk. The wildlife area is now owned and managed by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
Directions & Visitor Status: In the village of Chama on New Mexico Highway 17, take Pine Street, which is two blocks west of the main street, north out of the village to the wildlife area. Open to the public.
Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge - 220,000 acres Socorro County (1973)
Description: The acquisition of the Sevilleta Ranch near Socorro was the Conservancy's first New Mexico project. It has since become the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and encompasses desert grassland and a portion of the Rio Grande river valley. The refuge is host to the University of New Mexico's Long Term Ecological Research Station (LTER) -- one of twenty LTERs in the nation -- which focuses on global warming trends and other major environmental concerns.
Directions & Visitor Status: Limited visitation as the refuge is reserved for scientific research. However, a new visitor and education center opened in Oct.2001. From Albuquerque, take I25 south to exit 169. The visitors center is west of the interstate. For more information contact: (505) 864-4021.
And outside your own backyard… are even more projects which are the result of partnerships between the Conservancy and other organizations working together to conserve New Mexico’s enchantment. Some of these include: