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Resler Canyon News

Canyon Champions

Mark Lambie / El Paso Times

Richard V. Teschner, right, who paid $2 million to buy Resler Canyon to preserve it from development, stands with Coronado Neighborhood Association President Charlie Wakeem, center, and Maria Trunk of the Frontera Land Alliance, left. The canyon will be dedicated and named the Charlie Wakeem/Richard Teschner Nature Preserve of Resler Canyon.


El Paso to Celebrate Saving Resler CanyonEl Paso to Celebrate Saving Resler
January 16, 2006
Mac Snodgrass

The Coronado Neighborhood Association, 741 Somerset Dr, El Paso, TX 79912. Charlie Wakeem, President.

The Frontera Land Alliance, 2626 N Mesa, Suite 258, El Paso, TX 79902. Maria Trunk, President.

CONTACT: Mac Snodgrass, 266 Maricopa Dr, El Paso TX 79912, 915-585-8306


El Paso to Celebrate Saving Resler Canyon.

The “Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve” of Resler Canyon will be officially dedicated in Ceremonies on Saturday Jan 28, at 2:00pm.

The Coronado Neighborhood Association invites the public to celebrate the dedication of Resler Canyon as the “Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve” on Saturday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the rim of the Canyon, just off Resler on El Cajon Street and Maricopa Dr.

Warm sunshine, fresh coffee, hot cocoa and good cheers are all planned—and free of charge. Invited speakers will include CNA President Charlie Wakeem; philanthropist Richard Teschner, Phd; land trust president Maria Trunk; CEO Woody Hunt of Hunt Building Corporation; City Representative Beto O’Rourke; and The Honorable John Cook, Mayor of El Paso. A large number of people are expected to come to this historic event. Guests are urged to arrive 20 minutes early to allow time for parking.

The purpose is to honor those involved in the historic and successful effort to preserve Resler Canyon in perpetuity, to dedicate the “Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve”, and to raise awareness and funds for The Frontera Land Alliance, which is the non-profit land trustee for the newly established preserve. The event is free and open to the public. A reception with light refreshments will follow at the Coronado Townhouse Clubhouse in honor of Richard Teschner and as part of the fundraising activities on behalf of The Frontera Land Alliance.

MORE- 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 Chihuahan Desert Region. 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 commercial development. Ultimately, land trusts take on the responsibility of preserving the special features of the properties, in perpetuity.

MORE The Coronado Neighborhood Association (CNA) was established in June 1984, originally called CHINA. The Association became inactive in the late 1990s and was dormant until July 2003, at which time the residents surrounding the Resler Canyon/Arroyo within the CNA boundaries, received notice of a development application for a residential subdivision in the canyon. The Association reactivated at the time to preserve the Resler Canyon/Arroyo. The Association successfully stalled development in the Resler Canyon. In early January 2005, the president of the CNA was approached by Richard Teschner, a UTEP professor and founding member of the CNA who had just inherited a substantial sum of money. Professor Teschner proposed to buy the Canyon and donate it to The Frontera Land Alliance, El Paso’s first Land Trust. Negotiations began in earnest in May of 2005 and came to fruition on December 22, 2005 with the closing of the Canyon’s sale to The Frontera Land Alliance.

The CNA is a registered City of El Paso Neighborhood/Civic Association, incorporated in the State of Texas. Even though the preservation of Resler Canyon has been the central issue for the CNA, the organization is striving to improve the quality of life within our neighborhood’s boundaries by improving parks, traffic safety, and neighborhood planning.

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The El Paso Times - Opinion                                                              Sunday, April 3, 2005

Let's scoop out some brand-new arroyos

Joe Muench
El Paso Times

Problem solved!  Save the Westside arroyos by encouraging developers to build in Northeast and far Eastside arroyos.

What Northeast and far Eastside arroyos?

Here's the genius:  Scoop out some dirt and rocks and make fashion-designer arroyos for the developers.

Example:  Get developer tycoon Woody Hunt to trade his Westside Resler Canyon arroyo land for some Public Service Board land out on the flatlands.  As a gesture of good will, the city would provide the earth movers to scoop whatever pattern Woody may want them to scoop.

It's done for golf courses.  Painted Dunes was scooped.  The new golf course by the airport will be scooped.  The arroyos for the developers will just be scooped a little deeper.

Want a serpentine-shaped arroyo like Resler and Wildwood on the West Side?  No prob.  How about a circular arroyo?  Scoop all the earth into the middle so everybody living down there can have a little mountain over the backyard fence.

Name it Hunt's Hollow.  Whitewash a big "H" on the little mountain.  Of course, the street down the middle would be Woody's Way.

I mean, you have to kind of entice these developers with little amenities like that.

If we can have The Willows in the Upper Valley, where people live on tiny lakes, we can have a Hunt's Hollow and call it El Paso's jewel in the midst of all those flatlander houses up top.

What's good about designer arroyos is they can be engineered so there would not be forever ongoing efforts by Mother Nature to reclaim them.

Dig them so the first back-to-back rainy days don't send all the houses floating to the far end.  Make use of the rainwater.  Drain it into collection lakes, called playas.  Lubbock has several playa lakes.  They're the flat-floored bottom of an undrained desert basin that becomes at times a shallow lake.

Have one at the end of each designer-built arroyo.

With some creative engineering, there could even be a meandering little river to the playa when it rains.

How's this for the advertising brochure:  "Enjoy the serenity down in Hunt's Hollow, and a river runs through it."

They'll need some plant life down there in Hunt's Hollow.  Again, no prob.  It won't take long for weeds to grow up the sides.  Throw Mother Nature that crumb. Let her reseed the earth with the spring winds.

And what if everybody threw Mexican poppy seeds over the back fence?  You can grow banks of blue larkspur in this climate, the poor man's bluebonnet.

Cacti are easy to transplant.  For starters, use the ones uprooted in the scooping-out process.

By providing Hunt and all the other arroyo owners their own arroyos, both sides will be happy.

The people on the West Side get to keep their neighborhoods intact.  They won't have to live house upon house upon house upon house.

And the wildlife in those arroyos gets preserved.  Look, a lesser goldfinch.  And there's a ladderback woodpecker pecking.

And people who desire arroyo living can choose from designer models out where nobody cares if a row of houses is built down in a hole and where you're not taking away arroyo habitat, but you're creating habitat.

Over there! A Mexican jay yacking it out with a mockingbird.

Everybody wins.  The city makes its citizens happy and makes sure the developers get to build in hollows now that they've run out of room on the mountain.

Joe Muench may be reached at


KVIA News Release video footage - Click on the link below to view this news coverage

Resler Canyon Appears to be Saved
Private groups come together without city help in order to preserve the arroyo.

Monday, October 10, 2005 — posted by Jon Humbert

The battle looks to have ended with little more than a handshake and a simple signature.

Today the Hunt Building Company and Richard Teschner, a UTEP professor came to terms on the fate of the canyon. Teschner will ultimately purchase the land in a compromise that will allow Hunt to build up to 50 homes on a ridge near the area.

Funds from those homes will offset any cost differences. All groups involved were pleased that the arrangement could be made without the help of the city.

Charlie Wakeem, a go-between for Hunt and Teschner tells NewsChannel Nine that the city has been slow in formulating a strong arroyo ordinance.

"It was actually private funds that did the job. The city did not get involved in the negotiations but Mayor Cook and our representative Beto O'Rourke encouraged the negotiation," he said.

(Source: KTSM News -

10.10.05 – Report by KVIA (
West Side Arroyo Saved
Oct 21, 2005, 10:22 AM MDT

EL PASO, TX. -  A deal is struck that could preserve the west side's  Resler Arroyo in its natural state forever. 

Monday afternoon, parties involved in the land dispute announced that a memorandum of understanding has been signed between Hunt Development Company and a westside resident who wants to buy the arroyo.

Dr. Richard Teschner, a UTEP Language and Linguistics Professor for 29 years, says he will use his inheritance to purchase the land. Dr. Teschener is promising to immediately donate it to the Frontera Land Alliance, which is a land trust that will ensure the arroyo is never developed. 

If the deal is approved by the City and the Coronado Neighborhood Association, it would bring to a close more than two years of fighting over Resler Canyon.

Developer Woody Hunt had planned a housing subdivision in the arroyo.  


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