We’ve just sent two representatives to Washington DC to meet with members of Congress and officials from the Obama Administration. They had a great time sharing how important Castner Range is to our community and how critical it is to make Castner Range a National Monument. Our goal is to get the greatest amount of support for this endeavor. We are also working on a video to help spread the word about a Castner Range National Monument (CRNM). All members of the fifteen-person CRNM Initiative—an outgrowth of the 4C’s (Castner Conservation Conveyance Committee) along with the UTEP Environmental Advocacy group and many friends throughout the community are working to collect letters of support. A dedicated group of volunteers is entering the letters we collect and is making presentations and attending events in support of efforts to make Castner Range a National Monument. To learn much more, go to: Castner Range website and the Facebook page.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Urban Biologists
Lois Balin, TPWD Urban Biologist, hosted the State of Texas Urban Biologists in El Paso this year. Frontera President Scott Cutler led them on a tour of Resler Canyon and Thunder Canyon this past January 20. It was wonderful to show-case two of Frontera’s local conservation projects.
Annual Dinner Summary
Guest speaker Representative Joe Moody (State District 78) spoke at Frontera’s Annual Dinner. He spoke of his background and his dedication to the conservation of water, wildlife, and land in El Paso. He was a key player in last year’s successful campaign to promote the State appropriation of $3.5 million for the Franklin Mountains State Park Visitor Center/new Headquarters. He and the rest of El Paso’s State delegation also signed a formal resolution this past December in support of creating a Castner Range National Monument. After Representative Moody’s remarks, Scott Cutler shared that Frontera is seeing dividends from the years we have spent informing people about what land trusts do and how Frontera in particular can improve our quality of life. This is seen through the expanding partnerships established and maintained, education/outreach, and presentations to numerous civic organizations.
For one thing, open space supports industries that generate billions of dollars in economic activity annually. Open space protection can be financially beneficial to local governments by reducing costs for public infrastructure and programs, lessening the need for property tax increases. In addition, open space preservation can support regional economic growth. What is more, well-planned open space protection measures need not conflict with meeting other vital needs, such as economic development, municipal fiscal health and affordable housing. As the local land trust, Frontera can help the community achieve these land preservation benefits. Scott Cutler concluded by urging attendees to help Frontera grow and remain effective in the community. Ways people can do this are through annual financial support but, equally important, by also telling friends, family and the business community about Frontera and urging others to join and support the organization
Wyler Tram: March 12 from noon to 4 p.m.
Northeaster Parade: March 26, starts at the corner of Diana & Hercules at 10 AM
Poppy Fest: April 2, 10 to 4 p.m. at the Archeology Museum
City of El Paso Earth Day: April 23
El Paso Zoo, Plant Earth Celebration: April 23-24
What you can do!
Write a letter and send to Frontera Land Alliance (each letter counts, literally!)