Frontera Land Alliance

Frontera April 2021 Update


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Photo by Richard Love.

The Frontera Land Alliance
APRIL 2021 UPDATE

What a beautiful and successful month to celebrate Earth Day in El Paso, Texas!

Knapp Land and Lost Dog Conservation Easements were presented to El Paso City Council on April 27, 2021.  It has been a long journey for EPWU, the City, and especially Frontera to work through the many terms that will forever oversee these lands for preservation. But we would not be at this point if it were not for all of you sharing our desire these lands be preserved.  The complete materials regarding these easements can be found on the City of El Paso website.  The public hearing will be on May 11, 2021, the day when City Council will vote on the two conservation easement proposals. To learn more about how a conservation easement works check out Frontera’s video:

Leave a Legacy with a Conservation Easement

We’re excited to welcome the newest member of our Board of Directors, Mónica García. The Castner Range National Monument bill was introduced on April 22, 2021, Earth Day, by El Paso’s Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16).  You can view it here: legislation (HR 2752). In short, the bill is asking that the current administration make Fort Bliss’s Castner Range a National Monument.  By doing so, it ensures that the land will be kept as is—existing open space that encapsulates our region’s history and preserves our diversity of wildlife and plants.

Resler Canyon

Here is a great story about Resler Canyon could not wait to share with you!  Rediscover your connections to nature at the Canyon by viewing (wpcomstaging.com).  If you missed the release of the Resler Canyon video, you can see it here:

Resler Canyon Video

Photo by Richard Love.

Frontera is pleased to announce grant awards that will help ensure that we keep working not only for land preservation in our community and our region but also on behalf of our growing educational program which includes bilingual walks and talks, as well as guided hikes.  A HUGE thank you to El Paso Electric Company, Conservation Lands Foundation, The Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project, The Hunt Family Foundation, and the Wilma Moleen Foundation.  
 
In April we co-hosted a highly requested Lichen Hike with fungal ecologist and PhD student Cat Cort with 500 Women Scientists and Hueco Tanks. The hike took place at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site. We learned all about lichen properties and bio crust in our desert. Hueco Tanks is splattered with lichen. Due to the high interest, we will be scheduling another lichen hike in the future.

The very first Virtual Environmental Summit was held in April. We are happy to be a part of this summit. Frontera hosted the first workshop by providing a guided hike at Resler Canyon. Thanks to Green Hope Project, filled up fast. During the hike we even spotted a Western Kingbird! Our other workshops will take place in May. Please register here: 

Green Hope Project Registration

On Earth Day, April 22nd, we encouraged the community to participate in making Castner Range a national monument. A Castner Range National Monument recognizes a 21st Century conservation effort centered around justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and protects frontline communities and other marginalized populations who disproportionately bear the brunt of climate impacts.

Please visit the Castner Ranger National Monument Website to sign the letter of support.

On the 23rd, WestStar Bank made donations to Frontera during “Jeans Day.”  Thanks to all the employees who participated that made this a success!
At the end of the month the El Paso City Nature Challenge 2021 began. The challenge takes place from April 30th to May 3rd.  It is a bioblitz-style competition where cities are in a friendly contest with each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can observe and record the most species, and who can engage the most people.  To view natural areas and events near you visit:

Insights El Paso Website

Photo by Richard Love.

What does Frontera have planned for the month of May?

This month we’ll be offering both in-person and virtual events for you.
 
Frontera is partnering with many local environmental organizations to promote this “nature challenge.”  Join us and take part in a worldwide friendly competition! 

  • El Paso City Nature Challenge – Castner Range Walk

    This is a great opportunity for the community to explore Castner Range and to learn about the different plant and animal species of the area. Before the walk, make sure to download the iNaturalist app to your phone and sign up is free. Bring water, wear sturdy shoes, and add sun protection. This will be an easy 1.5 hour walk on a trail.

    Date: Saturday, May 1st
    Time: 9:00 AM
    Meet at: 4301 Woodrow Bean Transmountain Dr, El Paso, TX
    RSVP or if you have questions email maryflor@fronteralandalliance.org

  • El Paso City Nature Challenge – Knapp Land Hike

    Date: Sunday, May 2nd
    Time: 9:00 AM
    Meet at: Corner of 8540 Mountain View Dr., El Paso TX 79904
    RSVP by email or if you have any questions to maryflor@fronteralandalliance.org

  • Bike Ride Along Playa Drain Trail

    We’re partnering with El Paso Del Norte Trail to host a family bike ride along the Playa Drain Trail. Beginners and children are welcome! This will be a 6.8-mile round-trip bike ride.  You will see burrowing owl habitats and green-infrastructure water-harvesting installations on your ride.  Be sure to wear a helmet and bring water and snacks.  Face masks will be required when not riding. Park your vehicle at 301 Manny Martinez Dr.

    Dates: Saturday, May 8th 
    Time: 8:30 AM
    Meet at: 301 Manny Martinez Dr.  El Paso, TX 79905. Meet at the Playa Drain Trail trailhead (near Ascarate Park across the street from the parking area).
    RSVP by email to maryflor@fronteralandalliance.org

     

  • El Paso Environmental Summit Talks: Community Conservation and Castner Range

    Join our Executive Director, Janaé Reneaud Field, May 1st at 10 a.m., and former Board President, Scott Cutler, May 1st at 11 a.m., on Castner Range. To register visit: Environmental Summit Workshops | Green Hope Project

    Date: May 1st 
    Time: 10:00 AM

     

  • Endangered Species Day

    This virtual event will be a presentation on Endangered Species Day!
    Join Frontera and Diana Moy from the Wyler Aerial State Park to learn more about how species end up being classified “endangered.” For information and to register email Diana.Moy@tpwd.texas.gov 

    Dates: Friday May 21st
    Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM

     

  • Bilingual Guided Walk at Resler Canyon

    Enjoy a guided walk through a natural arroyo with UTEP Grad Student Nuria Andreu! Meeting location: 6499 Cadiz St., El Paso TX 79912. Learn about the different plants and animals in the Chihuahuan Desert in both English and Spanish.  It’s the perfect opportunity to learn the many common names of native species. For more information and to register, email maryflor@fronteralandalliance.org

    Dates: Saturday May 15th
    Time: 9:00 AM
     

  • Geology Hike

    Guided hike with UTEP Geologist Dr. Richard Langford. Learn all about the amazing geological structures that make our city stand out!  For information and to register, email maryflor@fronteralandalliance.org

    Dates: Saturday May 29th
    Time: TBA
    Meet at: TBA

Check our Facebook and Instagram for more information on the events above.  
 
All in-person events have limited space and face masks are required.  RSVP to our events manager or send us your questions by emailing Maryflor at maryflor@fronteralandalliance.org. We really hope to see you soon!

Photo by Richard Love.

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. 



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