Frontera Land Alliance

Frontera May 2020 Update


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The Frontera Land Alliance
MAY 2020 UPDATE

Frontera’s office has been closed since March 13 and its staff has been working from home. It was quite a transition for us all. The Board and the staff worked together to ensure that our work was still meaningful and that it carried our mission forward. We were able to complete a lot of the tasks that had been inching their way to the back burner, and we still stayed in touch with our supporters. We did this by making phone calls and sending personal emails all through the rest of March and April and May. We met some really great people that we had not had the pleasure to connect with before. Thank you all for taking the time to say hi and to keep supporting conservation. And if there’s something you would like to share, feel free to just reach out; we would love to hear from you.

Another way we connected with people is with the Frontera Friday Flower videos that we put on YouTube! You can now watch and re-watch them anytime you want here:

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Anyway, the Frontera staff is once again at the office, getting back in the grove of being away from home. We will now have staff at the office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for a period of time. We are not taking any in-person meetings at this time at the office, but will continue to have Zoom meetings and phone calls; this is due to the small office space and not being able to stay six feet apart. Please remember that as trails begin to open in El Paso County—including, now, most of the trails at the Franklin Mountains State Park—be careful and smart about your interactions with others, and have a great time reconnecting with nature.

Frontera Receives $5,000 as a Matching Donation!

Frontera announced on May 18 that it had just received an anonymous $5,000 matching donation to support Frontera’s work. Frontera’s President, Scott Cutler, said that “this is the perfect way for donors to increase their donations’ impact on Frontera’s work to preserve working and open-space lands in the region that we serve (Far-West Texas and Southern NM).” Frontera is deeply grateful for this matching gift in these difficult times. So thanks to all of you who have helped Frontera reach the matched $10,000 goal! And best yet, the donor has permitted us to add two more weeks to raise the remaining matching funds, knowing how hard it is for folks to plan ahead right now. So if you have not yet made your annual spring donation to Frontera, then now is the perfect time to simply give online at:

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Or drop a check in the mail to:
3800 N. Mesa St., A2-258, El Paso, Texas 79902

Knapp Land Conservation Easement: An Update

Frontera is very respectful of our partnerships with landowners and we never share information about a transaction without the landowner’s permission. We do this for many reasons, since private landowners have the right to maintain their privacy. As for working with a public entity, privacy may vary depending on the stage of the project. In this case the landowner of the Knapp Land is the City of El Paso since the City bought the land in 2017 with Bond Funding provisions approved by the voters in 2012.

In any event, Frontera has been given approval to share with the public the following update regarding the Knapp Land Conservation Easement: “The Frontera Land Alliance and Lisa Gala, with the City of El Paso Capital Improvement Department, are working on the details and discussing terms of the conservation easement for this land. Once the details are worked out then Frontera will move forward with the next steps of diligence which include a review of the title commitment, ordering an environmental Phase I, to completing the baseline report for the conservation easement.” 
 
As the project moves along we will let you know more, as appropriate and permitted.

Advisory Board has been established!

Frontera Advisory Board members act as advisors in our community who assist and support us in the protection of conserved lands and engage in land-conservation challenges regionally. The Advisory Board helps us accomplish our mission by providing ideas and insights to the Frontera organization. We value their support as we strive to make El Pasoans aware of the necessity of protecting our natural environment. Check out our wonderful power house of advisors here:

Frontera Advisory Board

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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