SiteWatch is partnership of public land-management agencies, nonprofit preservation organizations and individuals, and private land owners. Coordinated by the Historic Preservation Division, SiteWatch operates from Santa Fe, but the program works at the community level. Currently there are nine SiteWatch chapters operating in the state.
HPD, in the Department of Cultural Affairs, is the designated State Historic Preservation Office for New Mexico, as provided by the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act which required each state and U.S. territory to establish programs to protect their cultural resources. The SiteWatch program coordinator serves primarily as a source of information and guidance, while the volunteer site stewards, program partners and Advisory Council provide input and direction for the program.
In addition, chapters for the Middle Rio Grande (Socorro), and Northeast (Las Vegas) are being planned for 2012. Tribal chapters are also being encouraged.