After seeing the condition of roadside areas along Transmountain Drive, two concerned El Paso residents are organizing a community cleanup of the route that bisects the Franklin Mountains.
According to resident Erica Rocha, she and a co-worker – along with the support of Adopt-A-Highway – will be undertaking the clean up tasks in January.
“We want to bring neighboring Adopt-A-Highway groups together,” Rocha says, “as well as extend the invitation to those who live around the area, use its designated trails to bike, hike or walk, and others who care about our beautiful landmark…the mountains are home to countless wildlife, vegetation and provide us with an admirable landscape.”
“Many times we forget how vulnerable nature is, therefore we want to use this event to reminded us all of how important it is to care for our mountains. We want to raise awareness and give the community an opportunity to give back.”
Rocha says she has the support of the East El Paso Rotary Club, Border Patrol Explorers (Hondo Pass), Creosote, Claudia Delgado and many friends and family members.
In addition, the following organization are supporting the event with promotion, Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition, The Frontera Land Alliance and the El Paso Sierra Club.
The event will take place on January 19, 2019 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm; the public, clubs and any organization are invited to join in the cleanup event.
Plans are for volunteers to meet at the top of Smuggler’s Pass on Transmountain Road (Loop 375) at the Ron Coleman Trailhead.
Organizers will provide trash bags, and they do ask that volunteers wear gloves if possible.
For those wishing to sign up, text Erica Rocha at (915) 873-4393 or send and email firstname.lastname@example.org.