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Frontera Land Alliance receives $5,000 Matching Donation

Officials with El Paso’s Frontera Land Alliance announced Monday that the organization has received a $5,000 matching donation in support of its work.

Field and Cutler expressed their thanks for the donation and the donor’s commitment to open space preservation and education.

“Until May 24th, every dollar donated to Frontera will be matched by a dollar from our anonymous donor up to $5,000. Thus, each donor’s contribution to Frontera will be doubled. And the donation is tax deductible,” said Janaé Reneaud Field, Frontera’s Executive Director.

Frontera’s President, Scott Cutler, added that “this is the perfect way for donors to increase their donation’s impact on Frontera’s work preserving working and open space lands in the region that we serve (Far-West Texas and Southern NM).”

Frontera’s staff and eight-member Board of Directors remain hard at work stewarding the lands already in its care and developing three potential new land-conservation easements that will preserve hundreds of acres of additional open space forever.

Because of the pandemic, Frontera is unable to conduct its usual educational and recreational programs at this time. However, officials say that the organization has doubled down on other outreach efforts, such as publishing op-eds and reports on environmental topics, posting educational videos on its Facebook and Instagram pages, designing educational curricula, and checking in with its donors, landowners, and partners so that they will be ready to resume our full schedule as soon as it is safe to do so.

Donations can be made through the Frontera website or by mailing a check made out to The Frontera Land Alliance and sent to the following address:

The Frontera Land Alliance  |  3800 N. Mesa St., Suite A2-258  |  El Paso, Texas 79902

The Frontera Land Alliance is El Paso’s only 501(c)3 nationally-accredited land-trust.

Frontera Land Alliance Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve now Texan by Nature Certified project

On Monday, officials with The Frontera Land Alliance (Frontera), announced that their Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve was recently certified as a Texan by Nature Project.

“This acknowledges that the Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve provides meaningful conservation efforts involving and benefitting people, prosperity, and natural resources,” Frontera officials shared.

The official Texan by Nature Project designation was made on April 23,2020.

Texan by Nature Certification Program is to provide a path for small, medium, and large organizations to receive recognition for all types of projects, allowing them to share their accomplishments and inspire others to take part in conservation.

Back on December 23rd, 2005, Frontera became the owner of the 91 acres now known as the Charlie Wakeem/Richard Teschner Nature Preserve of Resler Canyon (Resler Canyon).

“From that day on the land has been managed by Frontera as a nature preserve,” Frontera officials added. “The main objectives for the land are to manage existing wildlife habitat, address erosion, improve the natural habitat, and provide a safe and natural area for the general public to hike on a pre-existing trail.”

Additionally, Frontera holds biannual community clean-up days in the spring and fall, and works to re-vegetate areas of the canyon impacted by erosion, illegal dumping and drainage repair work.

The Frontera Land Alliance, a 501 C(3) a nationally accredited non-profit, conserves water and wildlife resources forever through the preservation of open land and education. To learn more, visit their website or call 915-351-8352.

Texan by Nature is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by former First Lady Laura Bush to align the broad interests of conservation groups with business, healthcare, schools, the scientific community, and faith-based organizations. Their stated mission is to spur Texan-led conservation that produces tangible benefits for people, prosperity, and natural resources.

Frontera Land Alliance welcomes new members to Board of Directors

The Frontera Land Alliance (Frontera), the region’s only nationally-accredited 501(c)3 organization, announced the addition of Harrison Plourde and Tina Crosby to their Board of Directors.

As Frontera works to conserve water and wildlife resources forever through the preservation of open land, their board of directors is key to that mission.

To carry out Frontera’s mission, the organization is led by a diverse board of directors,” Frontera officials said. “They bring with them the skills that will help grow the conservation efforts in the region.”

Together, the community and Frontera work with our fellow El Pasoans to bring people together to strengthen our Conservation Community by preserving our regional landscape – rich in history, natural resources, breathtaking views and recreational opportunities.

Harrison Plourde is a certified professional urban planner working as the lead long-range planner in the Planning & Inspection Department of the City of El Paso. He has over seven years of professional experience in municipal planning, focusing on form-based code and comprehensive plan implementation, code writing, and urban design.

As a City employee, he has served as a staff assistant to the Open Space Advisory Board since 2012, and is an avid hiker and advocate of conservation practices. A native of upstate New York, Harrison earned his Master’s of Urban & Regional Planning degree from Ball State University, and has lived in El Paso since 2012.

Tina Crosby a Branch Manager for WestStar Bank. Tina has 27 years of banking experience. She was born in Huntington Beach, California and moved to El Paso in 1989 with her family. She is passionate about community involvement and is excited to be working with Frontera to promote knowledge and appreciation of our natural environment.

Frontera and over 30 land trusts in Texas have helped to conserve more than 1.6 million acres of farms, ranches, wetlands, wildlife habitat, urban parks, forests, watersheds, coastlines and river corridors.

“We are Texans, working together to conserve the lands we grew up with and the water we depend on,” Frontera officials shared. “We are the people working to preserve our special places and wide open spaces — not just for the rest of our lives, but for the lives of our grandchildren, their grandchildren, and beyond.”

El Paso Preservation and Conservation Committee Seeking Comments on Planning Document

The Preservation and Conservation Plan Committee is asking residents to chime in on a report dealing with the plan for preservation of parts of the Franklin Mountains in and around the city.

In response to a “We the People” petition that gathered 6,252 signatures supporting the preservation of public lands in northwestern and northeastern portions of the Franklin Mountains, a Preservation and Conservation Plan Committee was established by the Public Service Board (PSB) in late 2015.

Via a news release officials shared that the purpose of the committee was to “establish conservation standards for development and for preservation of PSB managed lands adjacent the mountains and Franklin Mountains State Park.”

The committee was made up of a “diverse mix of community members and backgrounds, all with the goal of ensuring a high quality of life for present and future generations.”  A report was completed and presented to the PSB earlier this year and is now ready for public review.

Officials with the committee say it contains scientific data to assist in decision making about the existing resources managed by El Paso Water Utilities (EPWU) and in our region by the City of El Paso as well as organizations, government agencies, individuals, developers and business owners.

The proposed map included in the report (page 3 and included below) identifies lands to be preserved with no disturbances, specific areas to have very limited disturbance, master planned land in the past, and where conservation development may take place.

Conservation development is working with the land keeping the terrain, trails water flow, and wildlife corridors in mind.

To read the report in full and provide comments via a survey, residents can visit the website.  The committee will receive public comments via a survey link until November 30, 2018. Replies may also be mailed to:

The Frontera Land Alliance

3800 N. Mesa St., A2-258,

El Paso, Texas 79902.

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Hikers, Preservationists Upset Over Graffiti on Mountain Trail

Over the weekend, hikers expecting to see nature’s beauty were shocked to find that vandals had struck their favorite trail.

According to social media posts, vandals spray painted rocks at the trailhead for the Ron Coleman trail, as well as other areas along the trail.

Photos taken by Rick Lobello show large rocks that had been defaced with various colors of spray paint.

Outraged by damage done, hikers and preservationists reached out to fellow El Pasoans to take on the challenge of cleaning up the mess, not just at the trailhead, but along the trail as well, and up into the cave in McKelligon Canyon.

Photo courtesy Rick LoBello

Via the El Paso Naturally webpage,  the Director of the Frontera Land Alliance, Janae Reneaud Field submitted the following tips for those wishing to clean up the graffiti.

To remove need to coordinate volunteers, buy the supplies such as graffiti remover and wire brushes or course sponges (City may have some graffiti removed they could donate) and a lot of elbow grease.

Spray paint on rocks is sometimes difficult, although not impossible, to remove. If the rock is porous, you’ll need to do a lot more scrubbing after using the appropriate removal product.

If the rock is decorative and has been polished, removal is easier.

No matter the rock, many products have been designed specifically for spray paint removal. You’ll find these—as aerosol sprays and other forms—at most hardware and home improvement retailers.  (A step by step is listed via this link)

Residents interested in helping clean up the graffiti and the trail can contact Janae Reneaud Field, at the Frontera Land Alliance, at 915-351-8352.

Ribbon Cutting for Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve Trail set for Wednesday

This Wednesday,  Frontera Land Alliance (Frontera) will be hosting both a ribbon cutting celebrating the creation of a ½ mile education trail and a guided hike of the Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve.

Frontera officials say the celebration will “highlight the importance of land conservation for El Paso’s and Texas’s future and thank our dedicated volunteers and supporters.” Frontera believes that this event is happening at a critical time for the future of El Paso.

“The actions we take today have many long-lasting consequences for our state, our region and our future,” says Scott Cutler, Frontera President. “Living here wouldn’t be the same without wild places to explore and clean, safe water to fuel that exploration.”

 

Cutler also believes that land trusts can bring people together.

“The lands that we protect make up the special fabric of the place that we call home.” “We are El Pasoans, working together to conserve the lands we grew up with and the water we depend on,” says Janaé Reneaud Field, Executive Director of Frontera. “We want to ensure that our landscape can be left intact for all of us today and for the future.”

According to the Frontera website, Resler Canyon was their first land preservation project; aided by the donation of funds to purchase the land by Dr. Richard Teschner in 2005 (full story here).  Water flow from the canyon feeds the Keystone Wetland, a city-owned, privately-managed natural area and site of the archeological remains of a 4000-year-old Native American village. The mile-long length of Resler arroyo soils and plants provide vital filtering that enhances the water quality for this rare desert wetland.

The Resler Canyon Ribbon Cutting will be held Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the Northern dead-end of Cadiz Street. Directions can be found here.

The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. with a few remarks from Dr. Richard Teschner and Mr. Charlie Wakeem, co-founders of the preserve, followed by a guided walk on the education trail.

Learn more about Frontera at their website and visit the Texas Land Trust Council’s website for more information on land trusts and preservation efforts.

Frontera, Community Foundation Enter Partnership in Fund for Conservation

Thursday morning, the Frontera Land Alliance (Frontera) announced the establishment of the Frontera Land Alliance Endowment Fund at the El Paso Community Foundation.

The newly-established Fund will help Frontera support a growing number of projects and programs that maximize its impact on the conservation of El Paso’s water, land and wildlife.

Via a news release, officials with Frontera stated, “With sustained financial support, Frontera can do an even better job of making sure our region’s future generations have pristine open space to treasure and enjoy forever…Frontera believes that everyone should have the ability to live in a healthy community and enjoy a connection with nature.”

Founded in 2004, when community members realized there was an urgent need to preserve some of the important remaining natural and working lands in El Paso and southern New Mexico, Frontera has developed the knowledge and expertise to provide guidance to land owners wanting to maintain the character of their land.

“When land trusts include more people, more lives are improved and, in turn, broader support for conservation is generated. The U.S. population is expected to grow by 100 million people over the next 50 years. This means an ever-increasing pressure to develop more land. Our population is also becoming more diverse which means diverse constituents must be served to stay relevant. In addition to demographic changes, many Americans of all backgrounds are growing up without a strong connection to nature, and that can negatively impact action towards preservation and conservation,” Frontera officials added.

The El Paso Community Foundation was established in 1977 to foster philanthropy and provide a long term endowment to address the unique opportunities and challenges of the El Paso, southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juárez region.

Additionally, the foundation provides a wide-range of philanthropic services in the region as a grant maker, convener and leadership organization to the community. Since its founding, the Foundation has granted just under $190 million to the community.

Frontera is the only nationally-accredited 501(c)3 land trust in the El Paso area.

Frontera Land Alliance Officially “Texan by Nature” Partner

The “Texan by Nature” organization, founded by former First Lady Laura Bush, recently accepted The Frontera Land Alliance as a partner.

“Texan by Nature” was founded in 2011 by Laura Bush as a way to align the broad interests of conservation groups with business, healthcare, schools, the scientific community, and faith-based organizations.

According to the organization’s website, their core belief is that our state’s prosperity and quality of life are strongly linked to the conservation of its natural resources, so it is Texan by Nature’s mission to spur Texan-led conservation that produces tangible benefits for people, prosperity, and natural resources.

Texan by Nature accomplishes this by bringing the message of conservation to diverse audiences and by activating new investments in conservation that are Texan-led, community-organized, and science-based.

Frontera is the El Paso area’s only nationally-accredited 501(c)3 land trust. Frontera began in 2004, when community members realized there was an urgent need to preserve some of the important remaining natural and working lands in the El Paso and southern New Mexico regions.

Since Frontera’s inception, it has been active in the effort to preserve—in perpetuity—the 7,081-acre “Castner Range” property, a closed artillery range encompassing 25% of El Paso’s famed Franklin Mountains. (Thanks to the Castner campaign, the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act includes language that prohibits any building or other development on the Range.)

In addition, Frontera continues to publicize the campaign and the Range by sponsoring hikes for high-school freshmen on the 17-acre City of El Paso Archeology Museum property that’s surrounded by the Range (which as part of El Paso’s Fort Bliss Army post is still off-limits to non-authorized personnel). In late 2005, Frontera used a $1,868,500 donation to purchase—on El Paso’s West Side—a 91-acre property (the Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve of Resler Canyon) which is regularly used for guided hikes and stewardship.

For more information on Texan by Nature or to apply to the Conservation Wrangler program, click here.

Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta Celebrates Natural Wonders of the Franklin Mountains Saturday

The 13th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta at the Tom Mays section of Franklin Mountains State Park is planned for Saturday, September 30, from 9am to 3pm.

The free family event helps people connect with the great outdoors of the Franklin Mountains and is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with the help of volunteers from the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition. Organizes say the annual event attracts hundreds of people to the desert mountain park in Northwest El Paso.

The outdoor venue celebrates the natural wonders of the Chihuahuan Desert and Franklin Mountains State Park. Local environmental education groups will be on hand to offer free demonstrations, guided tours, guest speakers and informational booths designed to introduce the curious to the wonders of our fascinating desert.

Schedule of Events at the Entertainment Stage Area – End of the Loop Road next to the Exhibitor Tent Area

· 9:00am-9:15am- National Anthem
· 9:30am-10:00am- Cheerleading
· 10:00am-10:15am Zoo Animal Encounter
· 10:30am-11:00am- Story Telling(Marylyn Guida)
· 11:10am-11:35am- Martial Arts Demonstration
· 11:45am-12:15pm-Keyboarding/Piano
· 12:30pm-1:00pm- Rondalla Estudiantil
· 1:15pm-1:45pm- Ballet Folklorico (Champion Studio)
· 2:00pm-2:30pm- Belly Dancers

More on Geosciences Education Activities – Mini-field trips will run from 9am to 3pm, and will last only 30 minutes, with one exception. The short time means you will not be walking far. The geosciences do not only about understand the earth at your feet, but the vistas in the distance, and the sky above us.

Many of the following field trips may include a walk to a nearby place of higher elevation to get a better view. Hikers are encouraged to bring binoculars for the picturesque hike.

All mini-trips with the exception of trips 4 and 6 meet near the Restrooms at the End of the Loop Road to the right of the main stage and exhibit area.

Trip 1- 9:45 am to 10:45 am – Agave Loop for hikers interested in connecting to Mundy’s Gap.  See Park Map for Location.

Trip 2-10:30 am to 12:00 pm- Aztec Cave Trail is a 1.2 mile out and back trail that features a cave and is good for all skill levels.  See Park Map for Location.

Trip 3 – 11:00 am- 11:30pm- Short walk to elevation change.  Meet at the Trail head at the end of the loop road.

Trip 4 -11:00 am – 12:30pm –  Underground Copper Mine Tour, a maximum number of 15 participants with flashlights or headlamps. Meet at the Cottonwood Spring Parking Area. The hike is 1 mile round trip uphill over a rocky trail. Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, water, and a working flashlight. We will explore an underground tunnel which was part of an unsuccessful mineral entrepreneurial activity. Check out the blue grotto! See Park Map for Location.

Trip 5 -1:00 pm – 2:30pm –  Underground Copper Mine Tour, a maximum number of 15 participants with flashlights or headlamps. Meet at the Cottonwood Spring Parking Area. The hike is 1 mile round trip uphill over a rocky trail. Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, water, and a working flashlight. We will explore an underground tunnel which was part of an unsuccessful mineral entrepreneurial activity. Check out the blue grotto! See Park Map for Location.

Trip 6 -1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Upper Sunset Trail; is one of the shorter ones (1.3 miles) and offered some great views of the valley below.  Meet at the restrooms at the end of the loop road.

Trip 7- 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm Short Hike.  No elevation change. Meet at the Trail head at the end of the loop road.

Exhibitors attending the festival this year include New Mexico Farm, Ranch and Heritage Museum, Chamizal National Memorial, Hueco Tanks State Park, Aerial Tramway, Franklin Mountains State Park, Mexican Gray Wolf,  El Paso Parks and Recreation, Tech H2O, El Paso Zoo, International Boundary and Water Commission, Sierra Club, Women’s Voting, Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition, Greater Big Bend Coalition, Frontera Land Alliance, Texas Master Naturalist, UTEP, El Paso Fire Department, Sustainability and Resilience Office, Audubon Society, and Friends of the Rio Bosque.

Special thanks to our volunteers from the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition, Franklin Mountains State Park, City of El Paso Parks and Rec, El Paso Zoo, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

For more information contact Franklin Mountains State Park at (915) 566-6441 or contact CDEC Committee Chair Carlos Rodriguez at 915-240-3311.

UTEP Math Professor Named to Land Board

Amy Wagler, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematical sciences, recently was named a member of the Board of Directors for the Frontera Land Alliance.

The nonprofit organization works to protect natural areas, working farms and ranches, water and wildlife. It began in 2005 when community members realized there was an urgent need to preserve some of the important remaining natural and working lands in the greater El Paso and southern New Mexico region.

“I am excited about working with Frontera Land Alliance to promote knowledge and appreciation of our natural environment,” Wagler said. “I am passionate about preservation of natural spaces, particularly in the border region.”

Though her professional expertise is not directly related to ecology and preservation, there is a connection to her research and teaching model.

She is a faculty fellow for UTEP’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) where she works to develop a faculty community of practice around community-engaged scholarship, service learning and community-based research.

In the classroom, the statistician has her Applied Regression Analysis students apply their statistics research projects and problem solving work to actual community issues. Wagler says utilizing applications learned inside the classroom helps students experience the impact of using statistics to address real-life situations.

The most recent project her class worked on involved research studies to understand how proximity to green or open space, like Castner Range (www.castner4ever.org), affects property value in El Paso.

Congressman O’Rourke introduces National Monument Act to protect Castner Range

In a Wedensday afternoon Facebook post, El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke announced that he filed a bill to protect a wide swath of land in the city’s Northeast area, once used as a target range by the U.S. Army.

O’Rourke said, “Castner Range is the crown jewel of West Texas. It deserves to be protected and preserved in its natural state. Today I introduced the Castner Range National Monument Act. This bill would protect Castner Range in perpetuity by making it a national monument.”

Photo: UTEP
Photo: UTEP

The range, some 7,000-plus acres is surrounded by the Franklin Mountains State Park. According to the Department of Defense’s website, in 1926 the government first purchased 3,500, followed by almost 5,000 acres more in 1939. Once the range was opened, the Army set up several firing ranges for mortars, artillery, rockets and grenades fired by rifles.

By the mid-70’s, the Army began selling portions of the range to the City of El Paso, while sweeping the thousands of acres for unexploded ordnance.  Signs still warn the public about the potential for some unexploded devices in the area, now within walking distance of homes and businesses.

In his Facebook statement, O’Rourke goes on to state that, “The bill is the result of a community effort led by the frontera land alliance, the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition and other environmental community leaders who have been working to protect Castner Range since the 1970’s.”

On their respective websites, both the Frontera Land Alliance and the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition (FMWC) laud the introduction of the bill.

A statement on FMWC states,  “Thank you Congressman Beto O’Rourke for introducing the Castner Range National Monument Act today! Everyone in our City and the country appreciates your help in protecting our natural world for future generations to enjoy.”

The video above was produced by the Frontera Land Alliance and local historian Jackson Polk in 2014.

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