Frontera Land Alliance

Frontera March 2021 Update

Stay informed about Frontera’s latest projects.

Photo by Richard Love.

The Frontera Land Alliance

March has come and gone quickly, with high winds, spring break, and the one-year anniversary of Covid-19. What a year! We at Frontera are happy to continue sharing safe programing with all our supporters and members. We sent out our renewal membership mailing this month. If you did not receive this mailing and wish to become a member, please click on:

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We’re excited to welcome the newest member of our Board of Directors, Mónica García. Mónica is dedicated to Frontera’s goal of preserving our natural environment for future generations to enjoy. Her 12 years of professional work in private and non-profit sectors has spanned borders addressing social disparities and achieving health equity in underserved communities globally.

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Castner Range: The Frontera Land Alliance, along with the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition and the El Paso Community Foundation, is now hard at work asking the Biden administration to designate Castner Range a National Monument in El Paso. We believe that this effort is about more than permanent protection; it’s about developing a trail where justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are the foundations of America’s 21st century’s public landscape. Here are some of our many achievements so far in 2021:

  • The El Paso County Board of Commissioners signed a resolution calling on President Biden to designate Castner Range as a National Monument
  • The El Paso City Council signed a resolution calling on President Biden to designate Castner Range as a National Monument.
  • PSB-El Paso Water voted unanimously to reaffirm its previous (2015) support of making Castner Range a national monument.
  • The Frontera Land Alliance has written an Op Ed that appeared in the El Paso Times, making the case on why the time is now to designate Castner Range.
  • A full-page ad was placed in the El Paso Inc. promoting the National Monument designation.

We urge you to Sign on to support making Castner Range a National Monument by clicking here or on our website. The number of signatures on this petition makes a significant difference in the decision-making process. Thanks so much for your support!!

Photo by Richard Love.

April 2021 Newsletter Events

All in-person events have limited space and face masks are required. RSVP to our events or send us your questions by emailing Maryflor at Hope to see you soon!

  • Lichen Hike at Hueco Tanks

    Frontera is partnering with the El Paso 500 Women Scientists and Hueco Tanks State Park to offer you a Lichen hike through the Hueco Tanks!

    Date: Sunday, April 11th
    Time: 9:00 AM
    Meet at: 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1, El Paso, TX 79938
    Join Cat Cort from the El Paso 500 Women Scientists and learn all about lichen!  
    RSVP to our Program Manager at

  • El Paso Environmental Summit

    Join El Paso’s first-ever Virtual Environmental Summit!  The keynote speaker will be Michael Reynolds, the architect of “Earthships!” There will be a variety of workshops such as gardening, composting, advocacy, and more. For details or to register, please visit Green Hope website:

    Date: April 16th, 17th, 18th
    RSVP at

  • El Paso City Nature Challenge 2021 is coming!

    This year the City Nature Challenge will take place from April 30th through May 3rd!  Frontera, along with other local organizations such as Audubon, the State Parks, Insights, and many others, will be working to provide you with all the tools to make scientific observations of plants, animals, and insects using the iNaturalist app. Download the free app, take a walk or hike and upload your observations!  You can participate on your own or join one of our hikes.
    To learn more go to: Welcome – Insights El Paso
    To find places to explore during City Nature Challenge go to: EP_CityNatureChallenge
    Check our Facebook and Instagram for more information on the events above.

    Dates: Friday April 30th through May 3rd 
    Citizen Science Event, Download the free app iNaturalist on your mobile phone.

Photo by Richard Love.

Resler Canyon Self-Guided Tour

Frontera members had a sneak-peak at the Resler Canyon video that was recorded and edited by the Chihuahuas Volunteer Pack and presented by Helen of Troy. Hope you enjoy the video and learn more about the nature preserve’s importance by simply clicking here: 

Watch Resler Canyon Video

In addition check out the self-guided tour of Resler Canyon. You will learn about Resler Canyon and native plants.  Simply go to the entrance of Resler Canyon at Cadiz, scan the QR code and enjoy!  If getting on the trail is not for you, then you can view the trail from the comfort of your home, by clicking below:

Self-Guided Tour

Review of March Programming

To celebrate World Wildlife Day, we partnered with Lois Balin—our local Texas State Park Urban Biologist—and offered a virtual presentation on Burrowing Owls.  We learned about the different plumage owls have during their young and adult lives, and how creating artificial burrows for them has helped owl populations in our region. 
On the 11th and 12th we took AmeriCorps United Way members on hikes at Knapp Land.  The groups were led by local environmentalist Judy Ackerman.  The members loved being able to have the opportunity to take a break from sitting on a chair staring at a computer all day!
On the 19th we led a hike for the Where There be Dragons group.  This group came to our region to learn about immigration and border cultures.  On our hike around Castner Range they were able to learn about the many plants and how they have been used today and long ago.  They also learned the value that Castner Range offers our community.
Spring arrived this month!  On the 20th we had a great group who joined us on a hike at Thunder Canyon.  Our board member Scott Cutler explained to the participants how the community came together to protect this natural arroyo.
Then, on the 21st, the El Paso Chihuahuas Volunteer Pack helped out at the Growing with Sara Farm. Thanks to their generous help, the farm will be able to better grow produce to be donated to local food banks.
We also had two Scout troops help us collect native seeds at Resler Canyon. The plants are very dry this year, but we were able to secure seeds that will be replanted in disturbed areas of the arroyo.
At the end of the month, Frontera partnered with the El Paso Audubon Society and hosted a bird tour at Knapp Land, what a beautiful day and great time seeing birds!

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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