Frontera Land Alliance

FRONTERA DECEMBER 2018 UPDATE

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2018 in Review!

Throughout 2018 we’ve accomplished a lot, and greatly thanks to your support!

  1. Hosted our first kayak event. It truly was a lot of fun.
  2. Completed a full year of education and recreation events, where we met many new supporters
  3. Cleaned up Resler Canyon and El Paso Water’s Coronado Arroyo with UTEP volunteers
  4. Partnered with Fort Bliss, UTEP, EPCC, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts 
  5. Attended many events where Frontera could share more about what we do and meet you all in person
  6. Completed the annual site inspection of our fee-simple lands and our conservation easement
  7. Frontera established an endowment at the El Paso Community Foundation
  8. Became a nationally-accredited land trust Aug 2017
  9. Working to complete a large conservation easement with landowners in Santa Teresa, New Mexico
  10. Working to complete a conservation easement with landowners on a five-acre organic farm in Socorro, Texas
  11. Became a part of the El Paso Environmental Leaders group. (Together we work to better collaborate on grants, programs, outreach and event coordination.)
  12. Implemented the Frontera Nature Discovery Program featuring education and recreation. (Its Guided Hikes focused on birds, reptiles, and native bees, and its classes emphasized rain-water harvesting. In addition, the Program sponsored workdays for property clean-ups (EPW lands as well as Frontera’s), a monthly newsletter, social media updates and op-eds
  13. Hired Frontera’s first quarter-time education/recreation employee
  14. Obtained permission to operate and work in the state of New Mexico for land conservation
  15. Hired a grant writer to assist with grant writing
  16. Became a member of the El Paso Water Utilities Preservation and Conservation Committee and made recommendations to the City of El Paso regarding conservation of its 7,000 acres adjoining the Franklin Mountains State Park on both its east and west sides
  17. Spearheaded the Castner Range National Monument Campaign that seeks to preserve the Range’s 7,081 acres in perpetuity. (The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act’s Sec. 2846 states that no building or other development can take place on Castner Range.)
  18. Worked to educate our community on how best to protect and conserve our region’s lands and water for all time. Engaged citizens throughout the Greater El Paso area by: Providing outreach to caring landowners on ways to conserve their land and water; engaging organizations, businesses, and civic groups; partnering with the Fort Bliss Child and Youth After-School Program for young people whose families are stationed at Fort Bliss
  19. Followed rigorous national standards, policies, and procedures in our commitment to conserve, in perpetuity, water, wildlife, farms, ranches, and the natural world surrounding us
  20. Managed the 91-acre Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve of Resler Canyon and formalized an existing natural trail with signs and defining the trail to reduce erosion
  21. Oversaw the 26-acre Thunder Canyon Conservation Easement
  22. Reviewed and updated Frontera Strategic Plan!

Do you want to do more?

  • We have a joint graffiti clean-up in February. Please help out!
  • Participate in our hikes and other activities.
  • Donate working, unused digital cameras that we’ll employ to show nature through photographic lenses.
  • Serve on Frontera’s board, and work on its committees.
  • Share with others our mission.
  • Looking for a Christmas Bird Count: January 1st, contact Jim Paton at 915-2628
  • If you or a friend want to learn how to conserve your natural open spaces, your farm or your ranch, please reach out to Frontera!

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preserve natural spaces for future generations

 

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