Yesterday, Representative Veronica Escobar (D-TX) introduced the Castner Range National Monument Act, which would ensure greater public access to public lands in El Paso and conserve its natural features, Indigenous and historical significance, and wildlife habitats from development.
Below is a statement from Brian Sybert, Executive Director of Conservation Lands Foundation, a key partner of the local land protection organization, Frontera Land Alliance.
“Establishing Castner Range as a National Monument is the right thing to do for the land and community in El Paso. Castner Range has exceptional scientific, cultural, ecological, geological, and historical values. It’s immediately adjacent to Franklin Mountains State Park and, as a national monument, it would significantly expand the public’s access to the region’s natural landscape.
“We thank Representative Escobar for her leadership and for collaborating with our community-based partner Frontera Land Alliance as she reintroduces this legislation and advances the effort to move it through Congress. This effort shows that local communities who are passionate about conserving their public lands can have a voice and make a difference in the future of the lands they love and care for.
“We’re excited to work with Rep. Escobar and the community of supporters of Castner Range in El Paso to make it America’s next national monument.”