Can you believe that it’s 2020 already? On the 12th of this month we had a great kick-off to the new year with an open-house celebration for all our supporters and members. (Thank you, KellerWilliams, for hosting the event and thank you too, High Desert Native Plants, for the beautiful door prizes.) We had a great turn out and wonderful time catching up with old and new friends. Maryflor Garcia, our Education and Volunteer Coordinator, recognized Marshall Carter-Tripp, Elizabeth DeMoultrie, Christina Gandara, Dalia Gomez and Richard Teschner for going above and beyond the call of duty with all the work they’ve done for conservation.
On a closely-related note, a great big Thank You to the neighbors of Resler Canyon who kept us posted about an area where trash was accumulating. On Martin Luther King Day, volunteers from the El Paso Electric Company helped clean up the trash site, located just off Mesa St. Over 23 grocery carts and 30 bags of trash were removed!
This month we had the pleasure of taking Robert Habeck,one of Germany’s leading politicians and widely seen as part of a new generation of European leaders, on a tour of the Archaeology Museum’s part of Castner Range. In addition to outside tour of Castner Range, George Maloof, with the Archaeology Museum led our visitors on a tour of the museum. We told him about Frontera’s collaboration with private and public entities as well as the significance of the project to the region and our community.
And now, please help us welcome two new board members to our team–Harrison Plourde and Tina Crosby. Harrison is a certified professional urban planner who works as the lead long-range planner in the Planning & Inspection Department of the City of El Paso. He has over seven years of professional experience in municipal planning, focusing on form-based code and comprehensive plan implementation, code writing, and urban design. As a City employee he has served as a staff assistant to the Open Space Advisory Board since 2012, and is an avid hiker and advocate of conservation practices. A native of upstate New York, Harrison earned his Master of Urban & Regional Planning degree from Indiana’s Ball State University, and has lived in El Paso since 2012. Tina Crosby is a Branch Manager for WestStar Bank. Tina has 27 years of banking experience. Tina was born in Huntington Beach California and moved to El Paso in 1989 with her family. She is passionate about community involvement. She is excited to be working with The Frontera Land Alliance to promote knowledge and appreciation of our natural environment.
In addition to new board members we have a new staff person as well. Nuria Andreu is our newest addition; she works for us as Frontera’s Education Coordinator. Nuria has a B.S. degree in Environmental Science with a Biology Concentration from the University of Texas at El Paso. Her degree is directly connected to ecology and preservation of our open land. She has a certification from Texas Master Naturalists and has done internships in the environmental science field with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and The Frontera Land Alliance in addition to volunteer work with the El Paso Zoo. Right now, she is in charge of outreach with Frontera and is enthusiastic about applying all her knowledge to our organization.
Saturday,February 1st from 10 a.m. to noon Frontera is hosting a bilingual walk at Resler Canyon. Are you looking to practice your Spanish? Come join us on an easy peregrination through a natural arroyo. We will talk about the local flora and wildlife. Make sure to bring water, sturdy shoes, and sun protection. Free event! The hike will start at 6499 Cadiz St. (zip code 79912) and at the yellow gate. For questions and an RSVP, just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us on Friday, February 14th from 4:40 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, A Date with Nature: Enjoy a nature walk led by John Sproul, the well-known long-time manager of the Rio Bosque. Come with your loved ones and watch the beautiful sunset. We will talk about the park’s history and wildlife. Make sure to bring water, sturdy shoes, and sun protection. Free event! Pets on leash welcome! Here’s how to get there: Have your GPS direct you to 10001 Southside Road. Once you cross the Riverside Canal and BEFORE you enter the fenced-in site, turn left onto the gravel road along the canal and proceed to the park. Meet at the Bosque Trailhead Visitors Center (3rd parking site). For questions/RSVP just email email@example.com
Sunday, March 15th from 9am to 11am we will be exploring the City of El Paso Knapp Land. Join us for a Chihuahuan Desert flora and fauna educational walk! Easy trail, great for families with younger children. Make sure to bring water, sturdy shoes, and sun protection. Free event! Location: 3099-3075 Zircon Dr. El Paso TX 79904. For questions/RSVP send an email to maryflor@fronteralandalliance. org
Tuesday, March 17th from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. we’re sponsoring a Farm Volunteer Day at The Growing with Sara Farm in Socorro. Do you want to learn how to grow your own food and work for the community at the same time? We are looking for volunteers to help with garden beds, pulling weeds, and compost leaves at this local organic farm. With your assistance, The Growing with Sara Farm is able to provide fresh organic produce to local food banks. Please bring water, sturdy shoes, gloves, and sun protection. Tools and extra gloves will be provided, as will a Free Breakfast! Location: 549 Belen St. Socorro TX 79927. For questions/RSVP just email firstname.lastname@example.org
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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