GREAT JOB EVERYONE! On December 12, President Trump signed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act which states no development on Castner Range! It reads: “To protect and conserve ecological, scenic, wildlife, recreational, cultural, historical, natural, educational, and scientific resources within the real property … there shall be no commercial enterprise, no permanent road, no temporary road, no use of motor vehicles or motorized equipment, no landing of aircraft, no other form of mechanical transport, and no structure, building or installation of any kind, except measures required to protect the health and safety of persons.”
To see the full-text visit here. (Sec. 2846, pp. 1482-1484)
Frontera highlights from 2017: In February of 2017 we completed the Frontera five-year strategic plan, and by August of 2017 we were recognized by the Land Trust Alliance as a nationally-accredited land trust! We have started work on a conservation easement on a farm located in El Paso County, built a trail at Resler Canyon, made endless presentations, and took numerous groups on tours of Resler Canyon and Thunder Canyon. And we took participants in the Fort Bliss Child and Youth Services on a guided hike to the Franklin Mountains State Park’s Aztec Trail. The talks and tours are all part of the Frontera Nature Discovery Program that was started late fall. None of this could have been done without our Frontera volunteers and supporters!
For a great way to ring in the New Year, we would like to leave you with thoughts from the Frontera Board of Directors and its committee members on what Frontera means to them: Preserve Natural Spaces for Ever. ~ Forever is a long time and forever is not free! ~ I value the natural resources and especially the mountains with which we are blessed in this area. I believe that having open spaces and habitat for wildlife contributes greatly to our quality of life. ~ Protecting land for our future. ~ Being out in nature and seeing wildlife brings me joy. Too many of the wild areas are being destroyed and we need groups like Frontera to help conserve them. ~ People are also a part of the environment and helping to keep working lands through strong conservation values is a win-win. ~ Frontera saves lands that I love! ~ I care about protecting the open space areas and natural habitats that give the region its character. Without such protection, lands would or could be irresponsibly developed. ~ Land conservation especially in and near developed areas is necessary for human as well as ecological health. ~ Conservation for future generations. ~ Once our natural resources are gone they are gone forever. There will be no going back once areas are developed; we have the opportunity to preserve natural areas for future generations. ~ Protect resources, land, and natural areas. ~ I care because land and natural resources are constantly being lost to our urban sprawl. Frontera is here to protect such lands for all of us!
We would love to hear from you on why you support Frontera. Please send your thoughts to Janae@FronteraLandAlliance.org. or 3800 N. Mesa St. Suite A2-258, El Paso, TX 79902.
May you all have a blessed holiday season and stay tuned for our upcoming programs and projects!
The Frontera Board of Directors
A donation to The Frontera Land Alliance will help
preserve natural spaces for future generations