The Frontera Land Alliance (Frontera), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 2004 when community members realized there was an urgent need to preserve the most important remaining natural and working lands in the greater El Paso and southern New Mexico region, and to do so by means of conservation easements if possible. Frontera has developed the knowledge and expertise to provide guidance to land owners wanting to maintain the character of their land. Frontera serves the counties of El Paso, Hudspeth, and Culberson (in Texas), and Doña Ana and Otero (in New Mexico). Frontera works with government, non-government and private landowners to preserve their land with easements. Frontera is valued as a leader in environmental stewardship and is non-partisan, and thanks to that we’ve become a “go-to” organization. Frontera’s focus on preservation of natural resources plus the commitment of our Board of Directors to open space and assets are the key. In addition, Frontera has been a nationally-accredited land trust since 2017.
Frontera’s core values are what drive the organization. We believe that education builds awareness resulting in smarter choices regarding the protection and conservation of our natural resources. We significantly impact the region’s quality of life and contribute to the community’s health. The region needs to strategically preserve valuable open space for the natural habitat and beauty it provides our community and its visitors. Our environment creates a unique identity and a sense of place for this region. Investing in conservation is also an investment in the local economy and our quality of life. Community stakeholders need to think ahead to avoid poorly-planned development such as not identifying wildlife corridors, recreation trails or arroyos that take rainwater from higher elevations down to the Rio Grande and to farm and ranch corridors.
We are the people working to preserve our special places and wide open spaces — not just for the rest of our lives, but for the lives of our grandchildren, their grandchildren, and beyond. Frontera has a wide range of programs, including:
Exploring new conservation easements and maintaining existing ones
Frontera continually seeks out landowners interested in placing conservation easements on all or part of their natural open-space lands or farms and ranches. Frontera then monitors the lands which have been placed under our care.
Thunder Canyon is a 24-acre arroyo set aside in 2007 through an exciting partnership between the Canyon’s neighbors, the City of El Paso and Frontera. The people living around the canyon worked with the City and Frontera to forge an agreement through which the City purchased the land from the developer and the residents agreed to repay the City. Frontera holds the conservation easement that ensures the land will never be developed. And everyone is pleased with this arrangement!
Supporting the Castner Range Active Learning Project
Frontera annually leads this event, with numerous other skilled volunteers and partners, to teach students about our region’s natural surroundings and cultural history. The 17-acre City of El Paso Museum of Archaeology—surrounded by the 7,081-acre Castner Range (a closed artillery site)—is the focus of activities.
Underwriting unique educational and outreach programs
Frontera brings people together to strengthen our Conservation Community by preserving our regional landscape – rich in history, natural resources, breathtaking views and recreational opportunities. In 2019 we engaged over 8,500 people! We did this together by hosting and participating in over 72 events. These activities ranged from volunteer work days, guided walks, presentations, hosting booths, to attending meetings and presenting to local organizations about Frontera’s mission and current programs and projects. For the first time ever we sponsored over six bilingual talks and walks. We traveled throughout the region as well, from the Upper Valley to the West Side, the Northeast, Central El Paso and the Mission Valley. And we went as far up as Las Cruces!
Sponsoring and supporting volunteers
Volunteers throughout 2019 have donated a total of 600 hours of their time to assist in reaching out to and interacting with over 8,500 children, teens and adults. Shown here are volunteers removing trash from our Resler Canyon Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve, erasing graffiti on the Ron Coleman trail, and collecting native seeds.
Exploring creative projects
Frontera is working with partners at area schools to create and present curriculum about native plants, water conservation and healthy soils. Students are provided the opportunity to test what they learned in the classroom and generate citizen science data first-hand during field trips to the Rio Bosque and Keystone wetlands as well as learning about organic farming at the Growing with Sara Farms in Socorro.
Thank you for your support over the years!
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A donation to The Frontera Land Alliance will help
preserve natural spaces for future generations