We want to thank Texas State Representatives César Blanco, Mary González, Joe Moody, Lina Ortega and our State Senator José Rodríguez for taking the time to meet—in their offices in the capitol building—with Frontera staffers Maryflor Garcia and Benny Pol during the Land Trust Lobby Day, (Feb. 27, 2019). Garcia and Pol spoke of Frontera’s efforts in our region regarding water, land and wildlife conservation, as well as all the work we do for education and recreation.
The Frontera Land Alliance and West Texas Urban Forestry Council have been selected to participate in the Insights’ Environmental Protection Agency-funded student-led Environmental Stewardship Initiative (SESI). The SESI grant will cover direct expenses associated with program implementation. The 21-month-long Initiative will begin during the 2019-2020 school year and conclude at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Also if you missed it, check out this months op-ed in the El Paso Times:
Frontera now has a presence at the City of El Paso Open Space Advisory Board meetings! Our staffers are now attending the monthly meetings and reporting back on the City activities for open space. We are pleased that we are able to stay informed and be a reminder that there are options for land conservation. In addition, I and Maryflor Garcia are meeting with City Council members to share our efforts for conservation as well as offer to host a guided hike in their districts. There’s nothing like getting to know our neighborhoods!
Frontera was at the annual Poppies Fest, which as always, was a fun event. Lots of folks stopped by the booth and learned about our region’s insects and the ways they can contribute to preservation of the land in our very own yards. Frontera was also present at the Mesita ECDC CareerDay sharing information with pre-K to 1st graders about nature. In addition, Frontera hosted the kick off to the Frontera Champion Group Meeting. If you were not able to make the initial meeting and want to be involved, please contact us at info@Fronteralandalliance.org
Don’t forget to shop with AmazonSmileso 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.
Upcoming Recreation and Education Activities:
April 3 & 6, 2019: Join us for a photography talk by Benny Pol. The presentation will happen on April 3 and will be followed up with a guided hike to implement what you learned at Rio Bosque Wetlands Park on Saturday, April 6. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Benny@Fronteralandalliance.org
April 13, 2019: We are excited to co-host graffiti removal on the Ron Coleman Trail of the Franklin Mountains State Park. Frontera, the FMWC, the City of El Paso Graffiti Department and the staff of the FMSP and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) as well as other partners will be working with UTEP Project Move students, West Texas Young Marians and many other volunteers on this clean-up.
April 20, 2019: Frontera will host an Earth Day booth at the El Paso Zoo
April 22: Frontera will participate in a Volunteer Mixer at UTEP from 11-1:30 p.m.
April 26-29: Join us for a The 2019 City Nature Challenge (http://citynaturechallenge.org/) This is a free event that uses the iNaturalist platform and app to encourage people to get outside and look for organisms. Frontera will be hosting a hike at the FMSP/Nature Trail on the 27th and at the Lazy Cow Trailhead on the 28th. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Benny@Fronteralandalliance.org
Castner Range Thank-You Event! It will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 6 to 10 p.m. Introductory remarks will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner, conversation and dancing. Please RSVP to: info@FronteraLandAlliance.org by April 26 (limited seating)
Saturday, May 25th: join 500 Women Scientists and The Frontera Land Alliance for a science led hike to look at the flora of Resler Canyon. To RSVP or for questions contact Maryflor@Fronteralandalliance.org
On June 14, Frontera is co-hosting—with the Southern New Mexico Community Foundation and OM-DP Friends Group—“Your Land and Your Legacy Workshops for Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Landowners and the Professionals Who Advise Them” from 8-4:30 p.m. at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces. (4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, NM 88011). You will learn how estate planning and a conservation easement can help you or your clients conserve their lands in perpetuity while still keeping ownership. David Braun will be our special expert guest. You really do not want to miss this!