July was busy with so many events hosted by Frontera throughout Latino Conservation Week, along with participating in the east side 4th of July Parade, making bird houses with the organization Latinitas, as well as continuing discussion with the City of El Paso about a conservation easement on Knapp Land.
Grants Awarded in 2018-2019 to assist with Frontera programs and projects:
The El Paso Electric Companygrantedfunds for the Frontera Nature Discovery Program! Frontera is committed to increasing the numbers of people who spend time exploring and moving about in our natural world through the Nature Discovery Program. By making these connections through education and recreation, we not only improve and sustain the mental and physical health of our community members, but we also sustain and improve the health of our region’s beautiful natural environment for future generations.
James A. Buddy Davison “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation: The Foundation’s grant funds assisted with the Frontera Nature Discovery Program. This included the purchase of binoculars, portable microscopes, identification books, hats, t-shirts, reusable water bottles, and bird house materials. We are so grateful for these resources for our outreach team’s use to engage the Program participants.
The Land Trust Alliance is supporting the Frontera fall conservation easement workshop. This workshop will be open to all, at no charge, for all to learn about the process of conservation easements and their benefits.
The Wilma Moleen Foundation is supportinghiring of a quarter-time employee for the Frontera Nature Discovery Program. This employee will be bilingual, offer education workshops, guided hikes and recreational activities, and will represent Frontera at events that introduce the general public to our efforts. Through such outreach we seek to preserve the unique, natural habitats that are located in our region.
Update on the Sporting Goods Sales Tax and the Money that Goes to our Parks
Last May the Texas Legislature near-unanimously passed Senate Joint Resolution 24. It finally guarantees that our state parks receive the full appropriation of Sporting Goods Sales Tax money. In the past, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department only got a portion—often just 60%—of the money the Legislature assigned it. Resolution 24 puts a permanent stop to all that. But Resolution 24 is a constitutional amendment that must be approved by the voters.
According to John Shepperd of the Texas Foundation for Conservation, “There are multiple reasons to support the constitutional amendment. Land in Texas is 96% privately owned, and state parks provide important public access to the outdoors. … We have almost 10 million visitors annually to state parks resulting in substantial wear and tear on infrastructure, particularly in the popular parks near urban areas. At the same time, state parks suffer from hundreds of millions of dollars in deferred maintenance exacerbated by nature disasters. [And] developing a new state park is a multi-year process, which is almost impossible with an uncertain funding stream.”
The El Paso Zoo Bug Fest on August 10-11; come check out the Frontera booth.
The Fort Bliss Army Volunteer Corps/ Relocation Program are sponsoring Bienvenidos a Bliss-Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, 6 August 2019 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The event is being held at the Centennial Club and Conference Center, Bldg. 11199, East Fort Bliss. The Bienvenidos, a Bliss-Volunteer Fair, increase awareness of volunteer opportunities by providing information on events, volunteer opportunities and benefits of community involvement.
NE Command Community Fair at the Northeast regional park, 11270 Mc Combs, on August 24th from 10 to 2 p.m. Hosted by El Paso Parks and Recreation. Free health screening, food trucks, live DJ, military and other awesome vehicles on display. Fun Family Entertainment!
The Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta will be held at the Franklin Mountains State Park, Saturday, September 28th.
Frontera will host a bilingual guided hike at Resler Canyon on Saturday, October 19, 9 a.m. at Cadiz St. The hike will feature the history of Resler Canyon, its plants and their uses, the animals that live in the area, and the importance of having open spaces.
Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site’s 25th Annual Interpretive Fair held on Saturday, October 19th from and Sunday, October 20th, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm. For the past 25 years Hueco Tanks has opened its gates to thousands of visitors during this event with hopes of inspiring an appreciation for our region through recreational and educational tours, presentations, and performances.
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.
A donation to The Frontera Land Alliance will help
preserve natural spaces for future generations