Castner Range National Monument

Help Make Castner Range a National Monument

Field: Support grows for Castner national monument

Author: Janae’ Reneaud Field
From: El Paso Times

El Paso is coming together—to conserve our city’s Castner Range!

The Frontera Land Alliance wants to thank everyone who has stepped up and supported the efforts to make Castner Range a national monument.

To date we’ve received more than 2,500 letters of support and we’ve set up and expanded our website and our Facebook page. We’ve just sent two representatives to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and officials from the Obama administration.

Our goal is to get the greatest amount of support for making Castner Range a national monument.

Not yet heard about our work? Then please read on.

It’s a grass-roots efforts to conserve Castner Range’s 7,081 acres on the Northeast side of the Franklin Mountains.

Everyone knows Castner Range: it’s where the orange poppies bloom.

Castner, a part of Fort Bliss since 1926, is West Texas’ crown jewel and historical landscape that reflects El Paso’s history.

It is home to significant ancient rock-imagery sites and many military memories. Castner boasts some truly exceptional cultural, geological, hydraulic and historical values. By creating the Castner national monument, we protect the range and its treasures forever.

Our local initiative is asking President Obama to declare Castner Range as a national monument by means of the Antiquities Act.

Since early December we’ve been gathering local support from individuals, businesses, neighborhood associations, veterans’ groups and a wide variety of civic organizations to show that El Paso strongly wants to conserve Castner Range in perpetuity.

Equally impressive is the way that El Paso’s young people are stepping up to the plate…

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Janae’ Reneaud Field is executive director of The Frontera Land Alliance.


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