Please attend, Wednesday, December 11, Tx-DOT Meeting on Franklin Mountains State Park Entrance
Safe access into and out of the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park and providing for safe passages of wildlife across the expanded Transmountain Road have been issues since the project began. The Texas Department of Transportation has created a new alternative that has the potential to address these concerns in a positive way.
On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, TxDoT will be holding a public meeting to present this design and elicit public comment. Please try to attend. This is a perfect time to provide input. TxDoT is listening!
You can view conceptual drawings provided by TxDoT. Access the blog and drawings at at Jim Tolbert's blog - El Paso Naturally.
-Wednesday, December 11, 2013
-6 to 8pm
-Canutillo High School, 6675 South Desert Blvd, Canutillo (a map is available on Jim's blog posting).
-If you cannot attend comments may also be e-mailed to: Tony.Uribe@txdot.gov, and firstname.lastname@example.org, and ELP-FMSParkEntrance@txdot.gov. Comments must be postmarked on or before Friday, January 10, 2014 to be included as part of the public record. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the project in more detail, please contact Mr. Tony Uribe, TxDOT Project Manager, at (432) 837-7810.
Preserve the Land! New Initiative Petition Begins
Time to save our natural land.
The undersigned ask that the El Paso City Council pass the following ordinance:
The City of El Paso shall preserve, in its natural state and in perpetuity, all of the undeveloped land owned by the City (including that managed by the PSB) north of Transmountain, east of Interstate 10 and south of the New Mexico/El Paso boundary excluding that land described in the Northwest Master Plan, and shall also preserve, in its natural state and in perpetuity, all of the undeveloped land owned by the City (including that managed by the PSB) north of Transmountain, west of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and south of the New Mexico/El Paso boundary. The City shall take all steps necessary to preserve all of this land and to prevent it from being developed with either private development or major public roadways.
Conservation organizations and groups announce that they have begun collecting signatures on a new initiative petition. The petition calls for the preservation in its natural state and in perpetuity of all City owned land (even if managed by the PSB) north of Transmountain and east of Interstate 10 and west of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Organizers say that there are several good reasons for all El Pasoans to sign the petition whether they live near or faraway from the mountains. Preserving all of this land on both sides of the mountain will benefit El Paso in several ways: preservation will help us sustain the scarce resource of water - an effort which includes all El Pasoans not just those living closer to the mountains; continued enjoyment of hiking and biking trails already in existence and utilized by the public; improvement of our quality of life especially as El Paso seeks to reach its goal of decreasing obesity and diabetes; protecting wildlife and making sure that they have adequate habitat and range in order to survive; and, ensuring that millions of dollars annually will come into El Paso through ecotourism as more and more people enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking and other recreational activities in our mountains and the surrounding region.
Members of the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition, El Paso CAN (Conservation Action Network), El Paso Conservation Leadership Institute, iloveparks.com, elpasonaturally seek a minimum of 2,310 signatures of persons residing in El Paso and registered to vote. Even if someone did not vote in the previous city elections, as long as they are registered and living in the city, they may sign the petition. (Persons not living in the city limits but in the County of El Paso are not eligible.) The El Paso City Charter requires that 5 percent of the total number of voters in the previous general city election (in this case, May 2013) must sign a petition before it can be validated and presented to City Council. Should City Council fail to pass the ordinance, then petitioners may gather the same number of signatures again in order to require the matter to be voted on at the next city election.
Elpasonaturally has added a new page for the 2013 Initiative Petition. The page has the petition, instructions for signing and/or gathering signatures, reasons to sign and maps of the affected areas.
El Paso CAN (Conservation Action Network) is asking for the names and email addresses of all El Pasoans (or people living in the El Paso southwest region) who want to be kept informed about environmental and conservation issues in and around the City of El Paso. Suggestions for ways to help and take action will be given but are suggestions only. Each person can choose his/her level of involvement: send an email, write a letter, sign a petition, join a demonstration, or whatever. To get on the list, just send your name and email address to email@example.com.
Preserve the Land! New Initiative Petition
Why Preserve this Land?
Map of the Eastern Side of the Franklin Mountains
Map of the Western Side of the Franklin Mountains
Sign Up Form El Paso Conservation Action Network
Park staff makes case for the best entrance to Tom Mays Park
On Tuesday, January 22, 2013, Dr. Cesar Mendez, Superintendent of Franklin Mountains State Park, made a presentation to the El Paso City Council on the preferred new entrance to the Tom Mays Park. Show your support for protecting our local parks by speaking out on this issue. Learn more about why TPWD is asking for support of their preferred entrance and then start sending emails and making phone calls to your elected representatives. After you have done that encourage your friends to join you by posting this information on facebook etc.
Tom Mays Preferred Entrance Presentation
Franklin Mountains Entrance Comparisons
Loop 375 (Trans Mountains West) Franklin Mountains State Park Entrance, July 11, 2012
Texas Parks and Wildlife Letter to TEXDOT
Updated: December 7, 2013
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Just the Facts:
Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas
Franklin Mountains State Park is considered an urban wilderness state park, the largest park of its kind in the continental United States.
-150+ recorded species of birds.
-700+ species of plants.
-Over 90 species of lichen.
-32 species of mammals.
-40 species of amphibians and reptiles.
Franklin Mountains State Park website (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/franklin-mountains)