Frontera Land Alliance

Frontera January 2021 Update

Stay informed about Frontera’s latest projects.

Photo by Richard Love.

The Frontera Land Alliance

As we kick off 2021, Frontera wants to give a big “Thank You” to Mike Gaglio and all he has done for conservation in the region for The Frontera land Alliance.  He has served on Frontera’s Board of Directors for many years in various roles, including President and Secretary.  Mike has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from the University of Texas at El Paso. His career spans over 15 years as a biologist and environmental consultant, and in 2007 he co-founded High Desert Native Plants, LLC, an environmental consulting and restoration services company with a focus on conservation-oriented solutions for the development industry. Mike Gaglio’s term on the Executive Committee may have come to an end, but he continues to be on the Board and on Frontera’s Lands and Water Committee.  Mike’s dedication to Frontera and its mission is unparalleled, and we’re grateful for his continuing participation on our Board… (By Richard Teschner.)

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Throughout 2021 Frontera is beginning the renewal process for National Accreditation for Land Trusts.  This procedure is required every 5 years and involves a great deal of time and financial support.  As an accredited land trust we are in a better position to protect, defend and steward land. It has been shown that land trusts save more land, raise more funds, and attract more volunteers than any other organization. There are more than 400 accredited land trusts in the USA, and Frontera is proud to be one of them. We are a group of strong, respected leaders in our community with the resources to forever steward the lands we conserve.

Welcome Christopher Gad as our newest Board member! Mr. Gad is a former high school teacher and currently a prosecutor for the City of El Paso. There are also several new committee members who are kicking off 2021 with Frontera. All are dedicated to Frontera and our mission by giving their time and donating the skills that help conserve and steward our region’s lands. Please welcome: Nuria Garcia, Emily Gomez, Jay Langford, Pablo Lopez, Joey Nakajima and Olive Wagler.

Photo by Richard Love.

Event Update

For the beginning of the New Year, Frontera has scheduled several events to get you out of doors. On January 9th, Frontera joined Friends of the Rio Bosque on their first birding tour of the year. John Sproul, along with other El Paso Audubon members, spotted many White Crowned Sparrows, Harris Hawks, American Kestrels, and Burrowing Owls. Our in-person walk on the trail outside the El Paso Museum of Archaeology was fun! It was a beautiful day, and the participants learned about Castner Range, the local plants, and stories of our snake encounters there. Frontera also hosted two clean ups at Resler Canyon. The trash accumulation was getting so bad in early January that we decided to schedule a last minute clean-up. During the work that we did at the end of the month, the volunteers were able to walk the trail and pick up loads of trash. One of our volunteers even found a $5 bill!

February Activities!

What does Frontera have planned for the Month of Love? This February we are offering both in-person and virtual opportunities for you.

  • Bilingual Hike at Resler Canyon
    Come join us on an easy hike through Frontera’s very own natural arroyo! Learn about the local flora and fauna in Spanish and English. Make sure to bring water, sturdy shoes, and sun protection. Limited to 10 participants, and masks are required. RSVP to

    Date: Saturday, February 6th
    Time: 10:00 AM
    Meet at: S. Alto Mesa Dr., behind Cafe Italia and KFOX14 Studios

  • A Date with Nature
    Bring your loved ones and watch the beautiful sunset. We will talk about the park’s history and wildlife. Make sure to bring water, bug spray, and sun protection. Pets on leashes are welcome as well! Limited to 10 participants, and masks are required.RSVP to

    Date: Sunday, February 14th
    Time: 4:00 PM
    Meet at: Rio Bosque Wetlands Park- Wetland Trailhead

  • International Day of Women and Girls in Science
    Join the Frontera Land Alliance and the El Paso 500 Women Scientists to celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science! This event is all about inspiring women and girls to see the tremendous opportunities that exist in all the STEM fields.
    To obtain the Zoom link: RSVP to our Program Manager at

    Dates: Thursday, February 11th
    Time: 6:00 PM

  • Trail Maintenance at Resler Canyon
    Join us and help improve the trail at Resler Canyon! Make sure to bring your own gloves, water, sturdy shoes, and sun protection. Masks are required. We will be providing the tools, extra water, and snacks. RSVP to Limited to 10 participants.

    Dates: Saturday, February 27th
    Time: 9:00 AM
    Meet at: 6499 Cadiz St., El Paso, TX 79912

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 virtual event by emailing Maryflor at

Hope to see you soon!

Photo by Richard Love.

The Frontera Land Alliance wants to recognize and thank you for your gift in 2020.

You have made a very important impact on the preservation of open natural areas, water, and wildlife! 

$1.00 – $4,999

Aaron Barbara
Alice Langford
Altha Neely
Amy Wagler
Angela Gonzales
Angrea Domingues-Sevigny
Baker Glass
Braun and Gresham, Attorneys at Law
Carlos Gallinar
Carol and John Tures
Carol Riley
Charlie and Diane Wakeem
Conservation Lands Foundation
David Braun
Sue DiCara
Diana Moy
Di’Anna Duran
Don and Pat White
Donna Nesbit-Veltri
Eddie Martinez
Harrison Plourde
Henry Drake
High Desert Native Plants
Hunt Communities, L.L.C.
Insights, SESI/EPA grant
Jana Renner
Jane Fowler
Jason Neely and Mish Precor
Jobe Materials, L.P.
John Moses
John Sproul
Joseph Groff
Judy and Jamie Ackerman
Karina Brasgalla
Keith Fong
Keller Williams Realty

Kenneth F. Clark
Kevin Floyd
Land Trust Alliance
Linda Chew
Marci and Dave Turner
Marilyn Guida
Mark and Cindy Hoffmann
Mark Calamia
Marshall Carter-Tripp
Maureen Field
Michelle Esparza
Mike Gaglio
Moni and Barney Field
Paso del Norte Foundation
El Paso Giving Day
Patricia Palafox
Pisces Foundation/Mosaic
Prices Production
Race of El Paso
Rick Provencio
Scott Harrison
Scott, Miki and Andrew Cutler
Star of Wonder
Stephen and Angela Tures
Steve Lauterbach
Sue and Dean Neely
Sue DiCara
Suzie Azar
The Mosaic Team
Tina Crosby
Tom Curlin
Tom Robinson
United Way
Virginia Martinez
West Star Bank

$5,001 – $10,000

El Paso Electric Company
The Conservation Alliance

$10,001 – $20,000

Anonymous Foundation gift to Knapp Land
James A “Buddy” Davidson Foundation
Richard Teschner


El Paso Community Foundation, Richard Teschner Fund
Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Foundation

In Honor Of

Dusty Mitchell and Lori Neely
Judy and Jamie Ackerman
Jason Neely and Mish Precor
Sandy Gilliard
Sue and Dean Neely
Suzanne Porter
Clair and Maher Oueslati-Porter

In Memory of:

Sarah Smith

In-Kind Donations by:

El Paso Chihuahuas Filming Department
Keller Williams Realty, use of board room for Frontera meetings and events
Marshall Carter-Tripp donated environmental education books to Frontera library
Scott Cutler, signs at Resler Canyon

Organizations that volunteered in 2020:

Cub Scout Pack 72
Girl Scouts
El Paso Audubon Society
El Paso 500 Women Scientists
El Paso Chihuahuas

Friends of the Rio Bosque
Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition
Keystone Heritage Park
Texas Master Naturalist
Trans Pecos Audubon Society

2020 Volunteers:

Alessandra Valenzuela 
Anne Giangiulio
Candy Aguirre
Cat Cort
Cathy Lavin
Christina Gandara
Dalia Gomez
David Mullings
Diego Lucero
Emily Gomez
Elizabeth Parra
Gabriela Franco
Heather Faries
Jay Langford

Jack Yellen
John Sproul 
Jonathan Candias
Joey Nakajima
Judy Ackerman
Lois Balin
Marshall Carter-Tripp
Nuria Andreu
Olive Wagler
Ruben Cano Rodriguez
RubyAnn Gaglio
Sydney Moran
Wendy Diaz

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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