It is an exciting month! We are talking with landowners about ways that we can permanently protect their natural areas and farm lands in El Paso County. We have taken Hunt Family Foundation representatives on a tour of Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve and Thunder Canyon where we had the opportunity to tell them at length about our programs and projects. We have had the pleasure of working with a UTEP intern this summer, Magdalen Paredes. The program is funded by National Science Foundation. One of the many things that she has participated in was speaking at Wyler Tram about “Why Life is Better Outside.”
In addition, she led a guided hike at the Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve for a local boot camp. We are also excited to work with Fort Bliss to help get their youth outside. To accomplish that, we’ll be taking them on a guided hike of the Franklin Mountains State Park! Finally, see below for an update on Castner Range and details on two upcoming events where you can learn about the tools to preserve your land!
Note:Apologies to Baker Glass for the misspelling of their name in the Frontera June update.
Castner Range Update: Today we continue our push to permanently protect Castner Range. Wording is now making its way through Congress that will strengthen our ability to protect this land. The bill under consideration prevents future development, states the land must be conserved to protect the ecological, scenic, wildlife, recreational, cultural, historical, natural, educational, and scientific resources of Castner Range and recognizes the land may not be conveyed to any other governmental, public, or private entity unless these conditions are met. To read the bill go to: House Committee Bill: page 868 (Section 2825).
City of El Paso Trailhead Projects: Community meetings were held in June 2017 to update the public on the trailheads projects. The City of El Paso through its Parks and Recreation Department is moving forward with trailhead projects scheduled for Lazy Cow, Roundhouse, Thousand Steps and Thunderbird. Trailheads projects will enhance entry ways to trails accessing the Franklin Mountains State Park. Trailheads will include parking, signage, a bicycle repair station and a drinking fountain. Construction is scheduled to begin in the latter part of 2017. For more information contact Jorge Castillo, Open Space, Trails and Parks Coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department, City of El Paso.
Grants Awarded in 2017 to assist with Frontera programs and projects! ! :
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The El Paso Electric Companygrantedfunds to assist in implementing an Educate through Connectivity to Nature program! Frontera is excited too and committed to increasing the number of people that spend time exploring and moving in our natural world. This will lead to better health and a better quality of life. By making these connections through education and action, we not only improve and sustain the mental and physical health of our community members for many years to come, but we also improve and sustain the health of our region’s beautiful natural environment for future generations.
We would like to say a great big thank you to the Hunt Family Foundation! Frontera has received funding from the Foundation to assist in implementing a Nature Discovery Program. We will encourage a life-long love of exercising and active living in the great outdoors; inspire an appreciation for the unique beauty to be found when “moving” through the outdoors. We believe not only in the protection of our natural resources but connecting to them. This program will assist in reaching these goals while having some great fun at the same time!
The Wilma Moleen Foundation supported The Frontera Land Alliance operations programs and projects for 2017/2018. We are very excited about the grant award as it allows us to assist with education and recreation programs and achieve land and preservation outreach objectives as stated in the strategic plan. We seek to increase the number of people spending time exploring and moving in our natural world while preserving the unique, natural habitats that are located in our urban environment. We see this being done through offering education workshops, guided hikes, recreation activities, submitting articles in the local newspapers, social media posts and being present at public events.
We will be hosting a fall workshop on land conservation Friday, October 27 for realtors, attorneys and CPA’s to assist them in knowing the various preservation options available to their clients. CLE credits will be offered. More details to follow!
Then for landowners, on Saturday, October 28, we will host a half day workshop in Socorro. At this workshop landowners will learn about the various methods available to them to conserve their ranches, farms and open natural areas, but yet still own and work the land. More details to follow!
Help restore and manage the Keystone wetland! These “Keystone Work Days” will be held the last Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to noon. Frontera assists in the work days by providing tools, but more importantly Resler Canyon flows into Keystone, so it’s important that we remain engaged in both sites. Meet at the Keystone Park (Kappa Rd. and Doniphan Dr.). To RSVP or for info, contact Mike Gaglio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A donation to The Frontera Land Alliance will help
preserve natural spaces for future generations