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The Frontera Land Alliance

After some much-needed snow, it’s hard to believe we’re already headed into March! 

This month we have been reaching out to city, county, state and federal representatives to share who we are, and what we do in the region. It was great meeting with City Representatives Annello, Molinar, Svarzbein, and Lizarraga as well as with El Paso County Commissioners Holguin and Stout, along with State Representative Ortega. We had some great conversations and hikes on our desert lands.

The time to give a gift is in March! Be on the lookout for our annual spring letter from Frontera Board President Tina Crosby.  Frontera is impacting more people every day, so please consider a monetary gift of support. Your gift, no matter what its size, will help Frontera continue its work of impacting lives and conserving lands. See below if you wish to support Frontera’s work.

And now for more good news. Conservation easements protecting both Knapp Land and Lost Dog are still in the works, and will be brought before City Council for approval very soon.

THIS JUST IN! Get ready everyone,
for the Castner Range Campaign is back!

Since the morning of Jan. 20, 2017 when Castner Range had still not been declared a national monument despite our highly-successful campaign (over 35,000 individual letters to President Obama among two dozen other achievements), Frontera and others have been continuously working in the background to keep the Castner project active. But now we’re back in the foreground with a new campaign to make the Range a national monument. Your renewed dedication to this effort is critical, and we’ll be calling on your “voice for support” one more time! 

We’re also proud to announce that the Charlie Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve is highlighted on the Texan by Nature website. You can check it out below: Wakeem | Teschner Nature Preserve – Texan By Nature

Go to Texan by Nature

Photo by Richard Love.

Frontera Outreach included our first bilingual hike of the year! Our program manager Maryflor García and our long-time board member Scott Cutler led a group of people through the Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve. They learned all about erosion, the importance of staying on trails, y como la raíz de la Palmilla se usaba como jabón! (‘and how the root of the soaptree yucca was used as soap’)

For the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Frontera and the El Paso 500 Women Scientists organization hosted a virtual presentation with local women scientists! The speakers, Amanda Labrado, Anna Piña, Briana Piñales, Daniela Aguirre, Jennifer Holguin, and Katalina Salas, shared inspiring stories of their journeys in the fields of STEM. Listen to the show by going to our Facebook page below:

Listen to Show Now!

At the end of the month, volunteers helped us improve the trail at the Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve. With their hard work, our trails are looking even better now!

Frontera looks forward to providing you
with more outdoor opportunities!

March events are listed below, but if you ever wish to have a tour of a land for your family unit or small group just reach out.  All our events are free of charge. All in-person events have a limit of 10 participants and face masks are required. RSVP to our events by emailing Maryflor at Hope to see you soon!

  • World Wildlife Day; Burrowing Owls in the West Texas Region

    Celebrate World Wildlife Day with Frontera Land Alliance and the Texas Parks and Wildlife! Lois Balin, Urban Wildlife Biologist from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will be giving a talk on the importance of burrowing owls in our region.

    Date: Wednesday, March 3rd
    Time: 1:00 PM
    Meet at: Virtual Presentation-Zoom
    RSVP to our Program Manager at

  • Start of Spring Hike

    Join us on a hike through Thunder Canyon, a 26-acre natural arroyo in the western slopes of the Franklin Mountains! Enjoy the start of springtime outdoors! Make sure to bring water, sturdy shoes, and sun protection. Limited to 10 participants, and masks are required.

    Date: Saturday, March 20th
    Time: 8:30 AM
    Meet at: Thunder Canyon – End of Oak Cliff Dr. El Paso, TX 79912
    RSVP to our Program Manager at

  • Bird Tour at Knapp Land

    Explore Knapp Land located in Northeast El Paso, and view some of the many birds that reside in the area. Bring your binoculars and Bird Field Guide to ID the birds we see!
    Make sure to bring water, sturdy shoes, and sun protection. Limited to 10 participants, and masks are required.

    Dates: Sunday, March 28th
    Time: TBD
    Meet at: Corner of Mountain View and Zircon Dr. El Paso, TX 79904
    RSVP to our Program Manager at

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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preserve natural spaces for future generations


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