Conservation Almanac



New Mexico

New Mexico Profile of State Programs and Policy Framework

Highlighted Local Programs

New Mexico

Highlighted State Programs

New Mexico

State Policy Framework

New Mexico


To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a single parcel, the acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the table below displays a dollar amount greater than $0 for a given year but shows 0 acres, the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year. As a result, a prolific program may show very low acreage figures on this page. To see customized program information please visit the map viewer tab or contact the Conservation Almanac Team.

Highlighted Local Programs

Local Conservation Programs Include:

    Bernalillo County, NM

    Albuquerque, NM

    Santa Fe County, NM

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2012 400.4 $7,431,500
2011 249.8 $2,428,854
2010 71.9 $3,642,749
2009 364.6 $13,778,611
2008 433.5 $850,016
2007 1,353.5 $1,430,253
2006 241.0 $4,836,806
2005 394.3 $10,750,000
2004 238.6 $6,886,700
2003 14.2 $808,000
2002 240.7 $2,000,360
2001 1,579.2 $12,190,804
2000 2,968.0 $11,685,144
1999 324.1 $8,479,042
1998 316.0 $5,100,000
Totals 9,189.7 $92,298,839

Highlighted State Programs

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

The primary state agency that acquires land is the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The Department receives general fund appropriations from the state legislature and proceeds from nongame tax check offs on income tax forms. Previously, it also drew upon funds from a 1988 state bond to acquire and lease lands for wildlife management areas.

2009 2,305.0 $358,200
2008 440.0 $0
2007 5,495.3 $1,156,185
2002 3,681.9 $20,136,947
2000 40.0 $456,171
Total11,962.1 $22,107,503

New Mexico State Parks

New Mexico State Parks acquires land through capital outlay requests and through donations.

2009 792.5 $1,000,000
2008 1.5 $781,000
2007 988.9 $618,045
2005 705.8 $1,496,000
2004 403.2 $594,485
Total2,891.8 $4,489,530

New Mexico Natural Heritage Conservation Act

Made effective March 19, 2010, the Natural Heritage Conservation Act created a fund, with a one-time allocation of $4.8 million, that was administered by the Department of Energy, Mineral and Natural Resources. The stated purpose of the law is "to protect the state’s natural heritage, customs and culture by funding conservation and agricultural easements and by funding land restoration to protect the land and water available for forests and watersheds, natural areas, wildlife and wildlife habitat, agricultural production on working farms and ranches, outdoor recreation and trails and land and habitat restoration and management”. The funds have all been appropriated.

2014 14.7 $218,425
2011 359.5 $1,647,550
Total374.2 $1,865,975

State Policy Framework

Substantial State Investment

Enable Local Financing

State Incentive for Local Land Conservation

Public-Private Partnerships

Conservation Tax Credits

Federal Partnerships

Some data was not provided on a yearly basis, but rather as an aggregate figure. In this case we have distributed total acres acquired and/or dollars spent evenly by year.