We officially have our two new hires, part-time, on board. Please welcome Maryflor Garcia and Benny Pol. Maryflor says: “This job is important to me because I want to help connect my community to our beautiful desert.” Garcia and Pol will plan and implement education and recreation events and will offer, for the first time, some activities in Spanish. They will assist in net-working and build upon Frontera’s current collaboration and partnerships. They will seek various venues to give talks and walks to organizations and families such as Lions, H2O Center, Rotary, Fort Bliss, scouts, area libraries, UTEP, EPCC, etc. In addition they’ll develop a volunteer program, identifying where and how our volunteers can help. Another great success to share is that the dog stations (donated by the City of El Paso Parks) located at Resler Canyon are heavily used, please keep up the great work!
Frontera has finalized our new Champion Group materials. If you are interested and have not reached out for a copy, please let me know (janae@FronteraLandAlliance.org). We are planning to host a meet and greet in March. At this meeting we will provide an orientation and break into groups for those that are ready to get started!
The Frontera Land Alliance is now registered at AmazonSmile so each time you shop you are helping Frontera to conserve water, wildlife and working lands as well as natural open areas. It is very simple to participate and at no cost. First go to: smile.amazon.com, sign inand agree to the terms. Then shop! Whenever you shop Amazon, Amazon will be donating 0.5% of the price of eligible smile.amazon.com purchases to The Frontera Land Alliance. The items are the same, only difference is that (where eligible) you will have Amazon make a donation to Frontera!
In 2019 Frontera will be working hard on:
Educating landowners on how to protect their property in perpetuity through outreach, one-on-one meetings and estate planning (how to be a donor of a conservation easement or land); Co-planning and hosting spring conservation-easement workshops in New Mexico and Texas to assist landowners in learning the options that allow them to leave a family legacy for their future generations. Details to come!
Establishing two new conservation easements (an organic farm in Socorro, Texas and 800 acres of Chihuahuan Desert in Santa Teresa, New Mexico);
Expanding the education and recreation outreach program called Nature Discovery, created in the fall of 2017. This year it will become bilingual; the program will be expanded regarding what it offers such as guided hikes, recreation activities and workshops for folks of all ages, with the focus on helping participants to connect with nature. Through this program we have already successfully engaged organizations, businesses and civic groups and are partnering with the Fort Bliss Child and Youth After-School Program;
Hosting a May 4, 2019 Castner Range thank-you celebration with the Castner Heights Neighborhood Association. (The CHNA is the first such Association to formally support the campaign to make Castner Range a national monument. That support has been generous and continuous throughout, and remains so to this day.) The event will be held at the Ka-Boom Party Room on Stahala just north of Hondo Pass, right within the boundaries of the CHNA and just blocks away from Castner Range itself;
Seeking funding to assist in creating a water-harvesting feature and wildlife watering holes at the Frontera-owned Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve (91 ac) to address erosionand enhance wildlife habitat
Recreation and Education Upcoming Activities:
The Frontera Land Alliance and the Friends of the Rio Bosque bring you A Date with Nature this Valentine’s Day! The event will take place at the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park on Thursday, February 14th 2019 at 4:30PM to sunset. Bring the people you love and enjoy a nature walk through one of El Paso’s wetlands. We will be meeting at the visitor’s center. For parking directions visit cerm.utep.edu and click on the Rio Bosque tab. I have attached the event flyer. We need one volunteer for this event, sign up here: