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Frontera December 2020 Update


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The Frontera Land Alliance
DECEMBER 2020 UPDATE

As 2020 leaves, and many are happy to see it go, there were some great experiences that came about for The Frontera Land Alliance.

This year we needed to create a way to continue our efforts to connect people with nature in a socially distanced  and safe manner. We accomplished this by offering virtual experiences such as short videos, live Facebook walks, and even a remote estate planning session. We were able to host some hikes and participate in other events throughout the community.

Frontera is working with the City of El Paso to place conservation easements on open spaces (Knapp Land and Lost Dog) which are both adjacent to the Franklin Mountains State Park and are used for hiking and mountain biking. They also offer wonderful areas for water conservation and wildlife habitat.

As December comes to an end we are excited to welcome our new Board President, Tina Crosby,  and Harrison Plourde as Secretary. We give a huge “thank you” to Scott Cutler as his term on the Executive Committee comes to an end. Scott, a founder of Frontera in February 2004, and a member of the Frontera Board since then, will remain on the Board for many years to come. Scott’s dedication to Frontera and its mission are unparalleled, and we’re grateful for his continuing participation on our Board.

A native of California, Scott worked in El Paso from 1986-1990 and returned here permanently three years later. Armed with advanced degrees in Wildlife Management and Biology, Scott was well known as the Curator of Collections and Exhibits at UTEP’s Centennial Museum from 1963 to 2016 when he retired.  During his 24 years at the Museum he presented multiple workshops and taught graduate level UTEP courses in ornithology. It’s no surprise that Scott has long been President of the El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society……By Richard Teschner

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Education Update

Frontera brings people together to strengthen our Conservation Community by preserving our regional landscape which is rich in history, natural resources, breathtaking views and recreational opportunities. The year 2020 has been a wild roller coaster for the entire world. This year has taught us the importance of having access to natural spaces, and the importance of these spaces in our daily lives.

This year started off with very successful events then all events came to a stop as we worked to figure out how to operate safely under Covid-19 guidelines. One of our most successful virtual learning opportunities was our Flower Friday videos. Our Education and Volunteer Program Manager, Maryflor Garcia, gave information about a desert plant in a 1-2 minute video. Our most utilized tool for a safe way to engage our volunteers was the iNaturalist app. This app allowed our volunteers to upload plant and animal observations from their own backyards or on their daily walks.

Frontera continues to work with other organizations on the student led Environmental Stewardship Initiative.  We are able to create and present curriculum to high school students about native plants, water conservation and healthy soils. After COVID-19 arrived, we made our workshops virtual.

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What does Frontera have planned for the start of the new year?

Frontera believes spending time outdoors benefits both your physical and mental health. This January we are offering opportunities for you to get outside!

  • Birding Tour at the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park
    Celebrate National Bird Day on the weekend! Birding tour will be led by John Sproul. Limited to 9 participants plus the tour leader, and masks are required. Meeting place: bridge crossing the Riverside Canal. From I-10, take Americas Ave. (Loop 375) to Pan American Dr., turn left onto Pan American and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge. Please be prompt.

    Date: Saturday, January 9th
    Time: 8:00 AM

  • Walk at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology
    4301 Woodrow Bean Transmountain Dr, El Paso, TX 79924
    Enjoy a Chihuahuan Desert flora and fauna educational walk! Easy trail and great for families with younger children. Make sure to bring water, sturdy shoes, and sun protection. Free event! Limited to 9 participants, and masks are required.

    Date: Saturday, January 23rd
    Time: 10:00 AM

  • Clean Up at Resler
    S. Alto Mesa Dr., behind Cafe Italia and KFOX14 Studios.
    Join us and help clean up Resler Canyon. We will be walking and picking up trash around the trails. Bring water, gloves, and sturdy shoes. Trash bags will be provided. Limited to 9 participants, and masks are required.

    Dates: Saturday, January 30th
    Time: 10:00 AM

Year-End-Gift:  The Frontera Land Alliance has accomplished an incredible amount of good throughout 2020. We’ve been able to reach thousands through our education programs, and have protected our natural spaces through successful conservation efforts.

Please consider a monetary gift to help us continue our mission to educate the community and protect our wide open spaces. Make a gift below:

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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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