Janae Reneaud Field was invited to say a few words at the El Paso Electric Coal-free Celebration on August 3, 2106. Reneaud Field talked about Frontera’s effort to make Castner Range a National Monument. She noted that “[our] purpose is to protect, in perpetuity, the land and the water resources of the Range, its historic and archeological sites and its numerous geological and ecological features. In addition, permanently protecting Castner Range would go a long way towards helping remove pollutants from the air and the water alike.”
Please help us welcome the newest Frontera Land Alliance Board Member
Cynthia “Cindy” Peak Hoffmann, CFRE, CWCC, has been a professional fundraiser and philanthropic advisor for over 20 years and has successfully led annual, major gift, endowment, and capital campaigns and achieved record-breaking results. Cindy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Texas at El Paso. Currently a realtor for Steinborn & Associates Real Estate (New Mexico), Cindy is a member of the Smart Living Team, an important source for green homes, healthier living, and wise real estate investments. In addition, Cindy is involved in many local organizations.
Managing and Defending Our Lands
The Land Trust Alliance wants each land trust to have sufficient defense and stewardship funds so we are in a position to oversee and defend our conservation easements along with the fee-simple lands. Frontera has $38,500 in restricted funds for Resler Canyon and Thunder Canyon. We need to raise $5,000 more to meet our minimum obligation for our projects. Our goal is to raise the $5,000 by December 31, 2016 so we are prepared, if needed, to defend the lands we oversee and manage. We know that our supporters will step up to the plate, please consider an on-line gift at: http://fronteralandalliance.org/how-to-help/donate/.
Frontera and National Accreditation
Frontera is nearing the end of the Land Trust Alliance national accreditation process, which we started last fall. The final application is due the middle of September; the next step is a phone interview in which we are given the opportunity to answer questions and provide any additional details that are requested. And then we wait. We should learn the LTA’s decision by the beginning of 2017.
Over the last several weeks the Castner Range National Monument Initiative has enjoyed some really great press. We are now being recognized at a national level!
The Frontera Land Alliance Strategic Plan: Our current plan expires at the end of 2016. Thanks to grant funding, from the Land Trust Alliance, we will create a new strategic plan for Frontera with the help of Prestige Consulting Services. Look for the final report by spring of 2017.
Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve Guided Hike will be held Saturday, October 8th from 9:00-10:00 a.m. We meet at Cadiz/Fiesta parking area. The round-trip hike, about 1.5 miles long, is relatively easy though the surface is rocky. Contact Information: Scott Cutler, (915) 494-2193.
Thunder Canyon Guided Hike will be held Saturday, October 15th from 9:00-10:00 a.m. We will meet at east end of the Oak Cliff Street in the parking area. The round-trip hike is one mile long and is relatively easy, though the surface is rocky and some of the ground is uneven.
Contact Information: Scott Cutler, (915) 494-2193.
Celebration of Our Mountains: For 21 years, celebration of Our Mountains has been providing opportunities for guided hiking, biking, birding, climbing, photographing, geocaching, studying and celebrating the natural wonders of the Franklin Mountains and the Borderland. To learn about all the wonderful free opportunities in the region, please visit http://www.celebmtns.org/
Native Plant Society of New Mexico Annual Event: Join us at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, September 22-25. Our theme is “Celebrating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument,” featuring prominent local speakers, walks/hikes in the Monument, a silent auction, a book sale and a banquet. Go to www.npsnm.org for more information and the registration form.