Gaining Ground

New Mexico


Acres Protected

That’s about 1,886,518 football fields!

Land trusts have already conserved 61 million acres of private land across the nation — more than all of the national parks combined. Help us conserve another 60 million acres by the end of the decade.

Together, let’s keep Gaining Ground.


Every land trust is as unique as the community it serves.

New Mexico land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.

Active Land Trusts


A land trust is a nonprofit that conserves land by acquiring and stewarding land or conservation easements.

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Alliance Member Land Trusts


Land Trust Alliance members commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.

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Accredited Land Trusts


Accredited land trusts undergo a thorough review of their practices in governance, finance, transactions and stewardship.

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  • 1,524

  • 226

  • 16

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  • 46

Land Trust Longevity

  • 34 years old (1988)

  • 18 years old (2004)

  • 25 years old

Percent of Land Trusts Who Increased Focus on Climate Change in the Last Five Years


Percent of Land Trusts Receiving Funding to Address Climate Change


Sources of Funding to Address Climate Change
  • United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service

  • North American Wetlands Conservation Act

Land Protected

There has been a 3% increase in New Mexico land protected by land trusts since 2010.

Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve New Mexico lands, waters and ways of life.

Total acres protected
Under easement
Acquired and reconveyed
Protected by other means

Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.

Percent of Land Owned and Under Easement Held by an Accredited Land Trust


Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

Total Public Funding for Conservation From 1998-2017

$354 million

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017


Source: NRCS - Natural Resources Inventory

This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.

Making a Difference

New Mexico land trusts are gaining ground.

Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of New Mexico's most pressing issues.

  • Providing local food: In the summer of 2020, the accredited Taos Land Trust, in collaboration with community partners, built and distributed 80+ planting-ready 4×8 garden boxes — complete with soil, irrigation equipment, hoop house coverings, and seed — to families in their community. In 2021, they distributed 60 more of these boxes around the Taos area.

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  • Saving family ranches: The accredited New Mexico Land Trust worked with the Nielson family to protect the Bluewater Heritage Ranch, which has been in the family for at least four generations. Bluewater Heritage Ranch remains whole and the land now under easement enables the Nielsons to continue ranching and preserve a healthy piece of New Mexico’s wide-open space, wildlife habitat and cultural heritage.

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  • Providing access to land for all: Working in collaboration with the City of Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation, and the Railyard Park Conservancy, the accredited Santa Fe Conservation Trust ensures the Railyard Park and Plaza in Santa Fe are maintained in perpetuity as a park and community gathering place, in a dynamic, multi-organizational structure that also includes an active rail line and multi-use rail trail.

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Land Trusts Working in New Mexico

Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.