Javelina are occassionally seen in the Franklin Mountains. At-Large Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition Board Member, Raul Amaya, reported a sighting in the Castner Range earlier this year. Photo by Rick LoBello
New Castner Range Video
The Frontera Land Alliance, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition have teamed up using grant funds to produce a video by Jackson Pope to assist in conserving Castner Range. All involved hope to preserve the natural areas, wildlife corridors and natural springs that occur on Castner Range, Fort Bliss.
Watch the 9 1/2 minute video on Youtube (http://youtu.be/OuTfrfGO-84)
Franklin Mountains Conservation Petition Calls for Saving Land on Both Sides of the Mountain
Now ready for distribution and signatures is a new Franklin Mountains Conservation Petition.
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 of El Paso (including that controlled and managed by the PSB) on the western side of the Franklin Mountains that is north of Transmountain, east of the EPNG Pipeline Road and south of the New Mexico/El Paso boundary; and shall also preserve, in its natural state and in perpetuity, all of the undeveloped land owned by the City of El Paso (including that controlled and managed by the PSB) on the eastern side of the Franklin Mountains that is 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.
Based on the total number of voters in the last city election (May 2013), a minimum of 2,310 signatures are required for the petition to be validated and taken up by City Council. Any person who is a registered voter in the City (not just the County) of El Paso may sign the petition. If City Council fails to pass the initiative as an ordinance, citizens may circulate and sign the same petition and, if validated, that petition must be put on the ballot of the next city election for approval by the voters of the City of El Paso, Texas.
Petitioners believe that preserving the land will alleviate the heavy tax burden placed on all El Pasoans because of sprawl. Rather than paying for itself, unchecked sprawl increases city and school district expenses. Preserving land will also help El Paso conserve its most precious resource: water. Preserving land will require El Paso to use smarter ways to develop - ways that will decrease our travel and energy expenses and improve our health and our neighborhoods.
Start collecting signatures or sign the petition at locations listed here: Petition Locations in El Paso
If you would like to help El Paso become a healthier, happier place to live by gathering signatures, please contact Jim Tolbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 915-525-7364.
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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)