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The Franklin Mountains were covered with a light coating of snow on December 26, 2014. Photo by Rick LoBello.

Ackerman to speak on Castner Range at Chamizal National Memorial on January 28


The El Paso Group of the Sierra Club and UTEP Environmental Advocates will present: Conserving Castner Range, Crown Jewel of the Franklin Mountains presented by Judy Ackerman of the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 7:00 pm at Chamizal National Memorial Theater. Event organizers are working to fill all the seats to help our community become more aware of conservation efforts in this part of the Franklins. Chamizal is located at 800 S. San Marcial Street (Across from Bowie High School) off of Paisano Avenue just west of the El Paso Zoo. For More Information on how you can help promote this event please contact Rick LoBello, ricklobello@gmail.com, 915-217-4233. If you are planning to come please let Rick know how many people you are bringing.

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 diegotolbert@gmail.com or 915-525-7364.


Preserve the Land! New Initiative Petition

Why Preserve this Land

Petition Instructions

Map of City Owned Land Included in Petition

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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)

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 in English.

Watch the 9 1/2 minute video in Spanish


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