Last July, we awarded The Frontera Land Alliance a $10,000 grant to protect 1,006 acres in El Paso, Texas. A welcome addition to the city’s outdoor spaces, the Lost Dog easement creates a connection between the 26,000 acre Franklin Mountains State Park to the east, and residential areas to the south and west. The area is well known for mountain biking and is also popular with runners, dog walkers, and hikers who seek out the respite and relaxation found on nearly 10 miles of trails.
Until recently, the Lost Dog land was slated for development. In the May 2019 El Paso city election, 89% of voters supported a measure that directed the city to preserve the land. Frontera worked with the city to facilitate the easement, and the land is now permanently protected and open to the public.
The Lost Dog project supports Frontera’s goal of preserving important remaining natural and working lands in the greater El Paso and southern New Mexico region, and is a success for wildlife, recreationists, and for the future generations of El Paso’s citizens who will benefit from having close-to-home access to this special place.