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Frontera June 2019 Update

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The Frontera June 2019 Update

We wanted to take a minute and be sure that our sponsors are thanked! Without our sponsors we could not do what we do to conserve land, wildlife and water as well as growing our Nature Discovery Program.

Business Sponsorships for 2018 (listed in alphabetical order):

High Desert Native Plants LLC’s assistance allows us to participate in conservation of open lands. The plants on these lands aid in water conservation and are needed to provide habitat for wildlife and insects.

Hunt Companies Southwest Community Development division sponsors the Nature Discovery Program. The program includes recreation and education activities from kayaking and bee hikes to learning about burrowing owls! 

Jobe Materials’ sponsorship has allowed Frontera to promote its conservation programs. Jobe’s support has assisted directly with habitat restoration, stewardship and water conservation programs, all critical to Frontera and the region.

Richard Teschner, while not a corporate donor, has sponsored us in a multitude of ways. His donations and activities support Frontera’s general operations as well as its programs in education and outreach.

Keller Williams Realty’s support has helped us reach our Spanish-speaking population with bilingual programs and also to host a conservation easement workshop this summer where we reached out to realtors, attorneys, CPA’s, and landowners. 

Throughout June we made several presentations on Frontera’s work. One was to the group Discover El Paso, at their lunch meeting in Santa Teresa. Another detailed presentation was made to the El Paso City Council on the process of implementing conservation easements. After the presentation, City Council approved investigating further the cost and impact a conservation easement will have on the 366 acres of Knapp Land, which the City now owns.

Frontera collaborated with Growing with Sara Farm, an organic farm in Socorro, where volunteers helped prepare the garden beds for fall planting. During this time they had a demonstration by Dr. David C. Johnson from New Mexico State University on how a Johnson/Su Composting Bioreactor works! 

We have been awarded sponsorship from the Conservation Lands Foundation to send Maryflor Garcia, Frontera’s education and volunteer coordinator, to a People of Color Training. We are excited to learn how to implement—in our region–what she learns at the Training to teach more people about water, wildlife and land preservation. 

The June 14thYour Land, Your Legacy” workshop for farmers, ranchers, and other landowners and land managers was a really great success. We met new landowners, and discussed estate planning and how a conservation easement can help landowners or clients conserve their lands in perpetuity. A special thank you goes out to Attorney David Braun, with Braun and Gresham, Attorneys at Law, as our guest speaker and expert!  

Finally, want to welcome our summer intern Nurai Garcia from the Diana Natalicio Environmental Internship Program at UTEP. She will be conducting birding surveys along the Rio Grande and El Paso’s canals, with guidance and expertise provided by John Sproul (of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park) and Kevin Floyd (of the Trans-Pecos Audubon Society). In addition, she will be working to promote education and outreach for conservation of water, wildlife and lands. 

Upcoming Events:

  • Desert Wildlife Presentation: Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 3:30-4:00 PM at the Richard Burges Regional Branch Library 9600 Dyer, Suite C El Paso, TX 79924. You will hear a presentation by Maryflor Garcia on Chihuahuan Desert wildlife. She will have an insect collection and animal pelts on display.

  • Bilingual Astronomy Talk will take place, Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 9:30 PM-10:30 PM at the El Paso Museum of Archeology 4301 Woodrow Bean Transmountain Dr, El Paso, TX 79924. UTEP graduate student Pamela Lara will talk about the moon and constellations. Parking will be on the service road outside the Museum’s yellow gate. (Do not park on Transmountain Road.) RSVP maryflor@fronteralandalliance.org

  • Earth Day at the Movies, an El Paso Zoological Society Event showing Disney’s “The Lion King”! Come out on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 12-3 PM to the Alamo Drafthouse 250 E Montecillo Blvd, El Paso, TX 79912. Frontera will have an informational booth during this event where you can learn more about land conservation.

More details about “Earth Day at the Movies”

  • Bilingual Introductory Tour at the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park: Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 8 AM, 10001 Southside Road El Paso TX 79927. Meeting place for all activities is the bridge crossing the Riverside Canal. From I-10, take Americas Ave. (Loop 375) exit west (right) to Pan American Dr., turn left onto Pan American and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge.  We will take you on a two-hour hike. Please bring plenty of water, sun protection, and bug spray. 

More details to come on the following activities:

During the month of August Frontera will take part in these events: the El Paso Zoo Bug Fest on August 10-11; a gathering to be held at Fort Bliss on August 6th; and the NE Command Community Fair at the Northeast Regional Park on August 24th!  Then, in September, we have the Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta. This is followed by a bilingual guided hike at Resler Canyon on October 19. 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. 

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



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