We’re having a beautiful spring, with flowers and trees blooming, showers of rain falling, and plenty of sunshine all around. In a typical year, spring is a time of high activity for Frontera. So while canceling all spring programs was the right thing to do, it’s difficult to plan for the future with so much uncertainty. We do want everyone to know that the safety and health of the Frontera family and the larger community will remain our first and foremost priority.
The Frontera Land Alliance Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve became a Texan by Nature Certified project April 23, 2020! Texan by Nature Project Certification, that has now been awarded to The Frontera Land Alliance (Frontera), acknowledges that the Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve provides meaningful conservation efforts involving and benefitting people, prosperity, and natural resources. Texan by Nature Certification Program is to provide a path for small, medium, and large organizations to receive recognition for all types of projects, allowing them to share their accomplishments and inspire others to take part in conservation. Texan by Nature is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by former First Lady Laura Bush to align the broad interests of conservation groups with business, healthcare, schools, the scientific community, and faith-based organizations. It is our mission to spur Texan-led conservation that produces tangible benefits for people, prosperity, and natural resources.
Frontera’s staff has been reaching out to check in with those whose contact information we have, to be sure that you are well. If you have any follow-up information after your call or email, then please feel free to give us all another call, right here at our office number (915-351-8352).
This year was Earth Day’s 50th celebration. Frontera did not celebrate in a traditional way, but we had a great time reaching out through social media! We are working to put our Friday Flora talks on our website, so keep checking if you want to revisit them or see them for the first time.
To learn to identify plants, animals, birds that you see when you’re outside, here is a great tool to use! Download iNaturalist to help you learn a whole lot more about your surroundings.
The Frontera Board of Directors knows that our staff is fully dedicated, creative, and loyal to Frontera’s mission. With this in mind, the Board approved paying all staff while they carry out meaningful work through May. They also recognize that if our office must stay closed even longer this summer, we’ll need time to prepare and reevaluate our circumstances and programs.
Even though we have only three staff members, salary is our single greatest budget line. I invite you to go online to make a gift to help us meet this vital family need. Simply go to Fronteralandalliance.org (below) and select “donate.” The Frontera Board of Directors’ thoughts remain with you and your families. You are the reason we’ll get through this crisis together and we do not take your support for granted. So thanks so much for everything you do!
Board of Directors:Back row: Dave Turner, Marci Turner, Cindy Hoffmann, and Scott Cutler. Front row: Harrison Plourde and Tina Crosby. Not pictured: Mike Gaglio and Amy Wagler
If you shop with Amazon, don’t forget to use AmazonSmile so that each time you shop you can help Frontera conserve water, wildlife and working lands as well as natural open areas. It is a very simple program to participate in, and it will not cost you a dime. Amazon will donate part of their profit on that purchase to Frontera.
A donation to The Frontera Land Alliance will help
preserve natural spaces for future generations