Frontera Land Alliance

The Frontera Land Alliance February 2015 Update

The Frontera February 2015 Update

  1. Ducks Unlimited: Frontera and El Paso Water Utilities (EPWU) recently met with representatives of Ducks Unlimited from its Gulf Coast office. We discussed various funding opportunities and took a quick tour of two storm water structures where wildlife management could occur to improve the site for birds while still allowing EPWU to use the site for its main purpose, storm water. We are continuing these conversations and will keep you posted. 
  2. Castner Range: Frontera, the grant-receiving component of the 4C’s (‘Castner Conservation Conveyance Committee’, which also includes members of the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition’s Board of Directors) recently hired Paso Del Norte Surveying, Inc. with the 4C’s Office of Economic Adjustment grant funds to establish survey points which will help identify the boundary between Castner Range and its neighbors. We are also asking local groups, the El Paso City Council and numerous others to support the conservation of Castner Range. If anyone wants a presentation on the efforts that have been achieved to date and an update of where all this is going, please contact Frontera. We should add that Frontera was well-represented at the military’s most recent Technical Project Planning Meeting on Castner Range where we learned about the next steps to be taken and what is being done to prepare for the Remedial Investigation phase. 
  3. Whole Foods: Whole Foods and several other businesses will become Resler Canyon’s new neighbors. The future site is on the SE corner of Mesa Street and Pitt, directly across from Coronado High School. We have met with the engineers of the project multiple times to ensure that their construction will not have a negative effect on Resler Canyon. They are doing a good job of staying in touch with new developments. Also the owners of the Whole Foods land are allowing members of the El Paso Cactus Club to enter the property and collect native plants which they will relocate before construction begins.
  4. Congressman Beto O’Rourke: Several members of the 4C’s met with Diem Ha, Legislative Assistant in the Washington DC Office of Representative O’Rourke, to let her know what we’ve been doing and to learn from her of the Congressman’s activities regarding Castner Range. We also asked the Congressman to support a bill that will renew federal tax incentives for conservation easements. 
  5. Strategic Map and Plan: Frontera continues to finalize the focus areas for Frontera Land Alliance and prepare an accompanying plan with a scope of work. The first step will be to approach and inform landowners about the various ways they can conserve their land.
  6. El Paso Museum of Archaeology: On Saturday, February 21st Frontera’s Executive Director Janae’ Reneaud Field gave a presentation on current partnerships with federal, state, local and other non-profits as well as collaborations with companies. We all have a role to play in the conservation of desert lands, wildlife and water.
  7. Save the date: Here are several local events where you can meet like-minded people and learn more about activities going on around town: 
    • Wyler Area Tram, March 14, 11:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    • Poppy Fest 2015, April 4, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm., Museum of Archaeology grounds
    • Earth Day April 4, 2015, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Resler Canyon fall cook-out: details coming soon
    • Thunder Canyon fall cook-out: details coming soon  

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