I hope everyone is ready for Thanksgiving! It is a great time of year to reflect on what you are thankful for, but don’t forget to say thanks for the clean water and open spaces that so many take for granted.
The Frontera Land Alliance held its annual meeting at Thunder Canyon, Frontera’s first conservation easement, to celebrate a decade of work. We offered guided hikes; Councilwoman Ann Morgan Lilly spoke on the efforts people made to conserve Thunder Canyon and a great visit from the El Paso Zoo’s hawk Houdini. Several other organizations were present to share how they are impacting the local environment to improve our quality of life. Over the past decade and mostly as a volunteer board, Frontera has been the beneficiary of over 1,000 volunteer hours, raised over $2,500,000.00 (including grants, sponsorships and the donation to purchase Resler Canyon), hosted over 100 hikes, held over 50 clean-ups at Resler and Thunder canyons and conserved more than 120 acres of open natural areas in El Paso County. Frontera has also had numerous conversations with landowners about conserving their natural areas, ranches, farms and water rights.