Happy Thanksgiving! Here at Frontera, everyone hopes you had plenty of time to spend with your family and friends, and even found some time to get outdoors for a nature hike or two!
Frontera’s Board of Directors had a great strategic retreat in October. Here are a few specific highlights that came from the meeting. First it was decided to shorten our mission. It now reads “We conserve water and wildlife resources forever, through the preservation of open land.” Another goal that rose to the top of our to-do list is the creation of a “Champion Group”. It will assist Frontera by attending meetings, informing us of activities in the region so we can stay abreast of what’s going on in the realm of land conservation. If interested in participating please reach out here:
Another key component of Frontera’s expansion is the “Legacy Committee”. This committee’s goal is to preserve Frontera’s history. We do not want to lose touch with our past and we greatly value such knowledge and expertise. This committee will meet once a year, and mentor and assist the rest of the Board as needed throughout that time.
At the annual November Texas Land Trust Council meeting for land trust directors we learned about condemnation and how conservation easements are an easy target. This is due to the open spaces they provide. Another topic of discussion was that there are many newly elected positions at the local, state and national level to reach out to.
Frontera has a lot of work to do to get our elected officials up to speed with all that we are doing. We are all waiting to see if the bills for state and federal funding are approved—for example the Farm Bill, the Land and Water Conservation Easement Integrity Act, and a few others which, if passed, can assist in the conservation of farms, ranches, and open lands. The land trust community is acting together by pro-actively working to pass a bill at the Federal level, addressing the problem of syndication (whereby people try to manipulate the federal tax incentives to make money). Finally the Texas Land Trust Council is working to prepare even more thoroughly-grounded facts regarding the value of open lands, water conservation (quality/quantity) and flood metrics. Once we have that information, we’ll be sure to share it!
Frontera is still working to close the deal on two active conservation easements, and we’re finalizing the details of our estate-planning program. We have started to plan for a Castner Range Thank You Celebration in collaboration with the Castner Heights Neighborhood Association, directly across the North-South freeway from the Range and the first Association in the city to support and work in the campaign to make the Range a national monument. (Everyone will be invited to the Celebration.)
Meanwhile, stay tuned for our upcoming spring and fall conservation easement workshops to learn more about preserving your land!
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