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Frontera August 2019 Update

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The Frontera August 2019 Update

The first part of August was devastating for us all; every El Pasoan was affected in some way. The Frontera Land Alliance continues to keep the community in our thoughts. And please remember that when life is simply too much to bear, just take a break in the silence outside to reflect and to recharge. Mother Nature is bound to be of help to you.  

This month Frontera was at the El Paso Zoo Bug Fest. It sure was lots of fun! The Fort Bliss Army Volunteer Corps/ Relocation Program had a huge attendance. We were able to share our mission and our insect collection with hundreds of people. The NE Regional Command Community Fair held Saturday the 24th at the regional park on McCombs was great family fun, even though the weather sure was hot!

New Partnership! Frontera is preparing a curriculum specific to plants, soil erosion and water conservation to be taught at Horizon High School and Cathedral High. After the in-class lectures, students will go on site visits to an area organic farm and visit a wetland. At the site visits they will implement what they learned in class. Funding for this program is from the EPA, and is being administered by Insights. We will keep you posted just as soon as these programs kick off in September!

Thunder Canyon: Staff completed its annual site visit to the Thunder Canyon property, on which Frontera holds a conservation easement. This site visit is completed on an annual basis to ensure that the terms of the easement are being adhered to. There were no findings of any concern. While at the Canyon we saw deer grazing in the arroyo. It’s amazing how this 26-acre arroyo controls and reduces run-off and flooding and also provides habitat for wildlife.

Our Wakeem/Teschner Resler Canyon Nature Preserve remains in great shape, though we still have issues with illegal dumping and people creating their own walking trails on privately owned land. If you want to suggest an informal spur to our education trail then please contact: janae@fronteralandalliance.org. We need to investigate the location as informal trails could increase erosion or run through a sensitive area in the arroyo. Remember that our Nature Preserve is for passive recreation only and not for trail-running groups. And dogs are to be leashed at all times. Lots of people use Resler Canyon, so do please be respectful, and always take out your trash! 

Don’t miss out on our upcoming events:

  • The Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta will be held at the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park, Saturday, September 28th from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Frontera will host a bilingual guided hike at Resler Canyon on Saturday, October 19, 9 a.m. at Cadiz St. The hike will feature the history of Resler Canyon, its plants and their uses, the animals that live in the area, and the importance of having open spaces. 
  • Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site’s 25th Annual Interpretive Fair will be held on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For the past 25 years Hueco Tanks has opened its gates to thousands of visitors during this event with hopes of inspiring an appreciation for our region through recreational and educational tours, presentations, and performances.
  • Help us collect and plant native seeds at Resler Canyon on Saturday, October 26, 9-10:30 a.m. starting at the Cadiz Street entrance.
  • Volunteer at Growing with Sara, an organic farm located in Socorro, Texas, Tuesday, September 24, from 8 to 11 a.m. For questions or to RSVP reach out to Maryflor@Fronteralandalliance.org
  • Hueco Tanks and Frontera are cohosting an astronomy talk Thursday, September 26. Space is limited!! To learn more or to RSVP contact Maryflor@Fronteralandalliance.org
  • Want to volunteer for Frontera? We could use your help at events by signing in people, sitting on a Frontera committee, leading hikes, submitting photos of our regions natural areas, farms and ranches, to manning the Frontera booth at an event. If interested please reach out to: janae@Fronteralandalliance.org

If you shop with Amazon, don’t forget to use AmazonSmile so that each time you shop you can help Frontera conserve water, wildlife and working lands as well as natural open areas. It is a very simple program to participate in, and it will not cost you a dime. Amazon will donate part of their profit on that purchase to Frontera. 



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