Take Action on Conservation Issues
We the people want preserved, in its natural state and in perpetuity all of the undeveloped land...
The Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition has launched a new "We the People" petition for everyone to sign calling upon our leaders to work together in saving what remains of the lower elevations of the Franklin Mountains in El Paso. Everyone can be part of this effort by signing a hard copy / and or going online and signing a change.org petition. All the details can be found on the FMWC website at www.franklinmountains.org.
FMWC Secretary Judy Ackerman said “It is such an inspiration to see how many people care about our Franklin Mountains and want to conserve them! People of all ages, including visitors from around the globe, look at our beautiful mountains and it lifts their spirits. We need to protect our natural wonders and scenic vistas.”
The committee organizing the new petition effort encourages everyone to help send a message to our community by printing out a petition today and collecting signatures between now and May 1. The petition reads as follows: "We the people want preserved, in its natural state and in perpetuity, all of the undeveloped land owned by the City of El Paso on the western side of the Franklin Mountains that is north of Transmountain Road, east of the EPNG Pipeline Road and south of the New Mexico/El Paso boundary and 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."
Committee member Jim Tolbert said “preserving land means conserving our scarcest resource - water.” We have more land than water. Signing this petition means that we are guaranteeing a good life not just for our grandchildren but for our grandchildren's grandchildren. Our children and generations to come are far more important.
Tolbert points out “reducing sprawl means lower property taxes.” Current sprawl projects in El Paso means that existing homes are paying for the uncompensated costs of sprawl which are at least $10,000 per house, maybe considerably more, without even considering the costs of increased water needs. Sprawl also means additional services such as police and fire. It means more streets and the ongoing maintenance of those streets.
Other benefits of preserving public lands also means lands that can be enjoyed for hiking, biking, walking and more healthful outdoor activities, important to improving the quality of life, decreasing obesity and diabetes which have become epidemic here in El Paso.
Petition gathers also point out that preservation means millions of dollars annually for El Paso from eco-tourism. More people will come to El Paso to enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking and other recreational activities in our mountains and the surrounding region.
To download and print copies go to franklinmountains.org. For more information contact Jim Tolbert by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 915-525-7364.
Download and print the documents below and get started today. For more information contact Jim Tolbert by email at email@example.com or call 915-525-7364.
Map of El Paso Public Lands that can be preserved
We the People Petition
Petition Instructions and Just the Facts
YOU CAN ALSO SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION AND EASILY SHARE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER
WE THE PEOPLE - ONLINE PETITION ON CHANGE.ORG
Castner Range Information Page
Castner Range Sample Letter of Support
Castner Range Information Sheet
Castner Range Map
Castner Range White Paper
Castner Range Historical Timeline
Updated: March 23, 2015
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why protecting wildlife corridors surrounding the Franklin Mountains is so
important to protecting Franklin Mountains State Park
1. The lowland desert areas surrounding Franklin Mountains State
Park provide habitat for many species of animals and plants.
To survive in this part of the Chihuahuan Desert ecoregion many
species require these lower elevations for food and protection.
Other species require habitat at both low and high elevations.
2. As urban sprawl creeps closer to the boundaries of the park the
area's nesting birds will be threatened by domestic cats that many
people in El Paso allow to roam freely in their neighborhoods.
3. The new TX-Dot road project combined with planned developments
along the three mile corridor on the the west side of Trans
Mountain Road will destroy the last wild scenic view in this part of
the city important to the quality of life for thousands of El
Pasoans currently enjoying the area.
4. The loss of the last wild scenic view in West El Paso will hurt
the city's ability to expand ecotourism important to the entire
5. Campers visiting the Tom Mays section of Franklin Mountains State
Park plus those who will someday be able to camp out on backcountry
trails will be affected by both light and noise pollution
associated with developments included in the Northwest Master Plan.
6. Threatened Texas horned lizards living in the lowland areas of
the Franklin Mountains will loose critical habitat which could
eventually lead to extinction of the species in this part of Texas.
7. Golden eagles and other raptors in the Franklin Mountains will
lose important lowland hunting and nesting areas.
8. Mule deer will not have as many lowland areas to use as
part of their overall range important to seasonal food production
and protection from extreme temperatures during winter snow storms.
9. Javelina or collared peccaries appear to be expanding their range
in this area and developments associated with the Northwest Master
Plan will hurt their chances of finding the habitat they need to
successfully establish themselves in this part of El Paso.
10. The potential for any future efforts to restore extirpated
species like desert bighorn and Mexican wolves to this part of the
Franklin Mountains will be impaired by urban sprawl developments.