The Frontera Land Alliance became El Paso's first land trust January, 2005 when it received its non-profit 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service. The Frontera Land Alliance acquired its first property on December 23, 2006, two days after UTEP Linguistics professor Richard V. Teschner donated his entire inheritance of $1.85 million to preserve the Resler Canyon and renamed it the Charlie Wakeem/Richard Teschner Nature Preserve of Resler Canyon. As a result of his generosity, Richard received El Paso's highest honor, the Conquistador Award, from Mayor John Cook and City Council January 17, 2006 in City Council chambers. A public dedication ceremony took place Saturday, January 28, 2006 to commemorate the transfer of ownership from the Hunt Building Corporation to The Frontera Land Alliance and dedication as the Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve. The Frontera Land Alliance acquired its second property January 27, 2006, a 6-acre parcel with rich desert landscape northwest of El Paso near the New Mexico state line east of Anthony, Texas. The Frontera Land Alliance holds a Conservation Easement with the City of El Paso on a third property, the 25 acre Thunder Canyon, finalized in the spring of 2007.
The Frontera Land Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving significant lands that maintain and enhance the natural environment and cultural heritage of the Northern Chihuahuan Desert Region.
West Texas and Southern New Mexico possess a unique character defined by rugged mountains, hidden oases, never-ending vistas, a lush river valley, and working farms and ranches. This rich heritage deserves long-term protection for the well-being of this and future generations. The Frontera Land Alliance is poised to assist in this task.
Land trusts have a 100-year history in the United States. They are private, non-partisan organizations that work with willing sellers and donors to acquire and manage lands for their natural, recreational, scenic, historical, or productive value. Land trusts offer landowners viable economic alternatives to selling their property for conventional development.
Ultimately land trusts take on the responsibility of preserving the special features of their properties in perpetuity.
Urban growth is causing permanent changes to our region's character as scenic viewsheds, informal recreation areas, and open space assess points are impacted by urban expansion. Buffer zones between protected natural areas and development are diminishing. Government alone cannot (and should not be expected to) provide a solution. A private land trust like The Frontera Land Alliance can act quickly and channel private donations when preservation opportunities arise.
The Frontera Land Alliance engages in:
> Planning: Focused research to identify regional conservation resources and prioritize needs.
> Participation: Education and outreach to all stakeholders to help make open space conservation a primary consideration in regional land-use decision-making.
> Protection: Application of a spectrum of conservation tools available to foster responsible stewardship of protected lands.
The Frontera Land Alliance encourages and welcomes the participation of interested individuals, businesses or community groups. To find out how you can participate, go to www.fronteralandalliance.org or call board president Maria Trunk at 545-5214. You may send your check, payable to The Frontera Land Alliance at 3800 N. Mesa, Suite A2-258, El Paso, TX 79902-1538. Designate whether you want your check to go for the Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve of Resler Canyon Endowment Fund or to support The Frontera Land Alliance's other projects and programs. Contributions made are deductible for federal income tax purposes. Personal contact information will not be provided to any other organization.