Winton Homes is supportive of seeing natural areas and the opportunity to be physically connected to our natural and cultural heritage. We can create opportunities for our local economies to grow by investing in land for outdoor recreation, for wildlife, and water. Such investments have a ripple effect. In addition, investment in a nature-based park, such as Castner Range National Monument, can create more jobs and lead to more visitor spending.
Winton: Castner Range monument brings many benefits, April 2, 2016, Op-Ed El Paso Times
Average expenditures made by non-local visitors whose primary trip purpose was to visit one of the national monuments total $129 million, while local visitors spend about $51 million on primary trips to the national monuments.
Report: Economic Impacts of Obama Administration | Natural National Monuments April 6, 2016,
“We want to preserve the 7,000 acres that you see behind me known as Castner Range,” O’Rourke, D-El Paso, said at the 10th annual Poppy Fest held at the range. “There has been some level of human habitation for over 10,000 years, rare plants and animal species here and it is part of our cultural and ecological heritage. We want to make sure we pass that on to the generations that follow and having this declared a national monument by the President is the surest way of doing that.”
El Pasoans make progress to preserve Castner Range, Aaron Martinez, April 2, 2016, El Paso Times
The Frontera Land Alliance hopes you will support making El Paso’s Castner Range a national treasure. Let’s save the poppies, the gorgeous views of the Franklin Mountains, and the many historical/cultural/natural sites the Range is famous for.
Field: Support grows for Castner national monument, February 27, 2016, Op-ed El Paso times
The Friends of the Rio Bosque, a 373-acre wetlands park that conserves sections of the Rio Grande’s original riparian habitat, strongly urge President Obama to permanently protect Castner Range as a National Monument in keeping with the motto that we share with the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition: “From the Mountains to the River.” Castner Range plays a critical role in El Paso’s monsoon-season run-off, conserving water that would otherwise be wasted if the land were developed.
Richard Teschner: President, Friends of the Rio Bosque, December 3, 2015 letter of support
The Neighborhood Coalition of the City of El Paso’s 79 City-registered neighborhood associations hereby urges the President of the United States and the Secretary of the Department of the Interior to designate Castner Range as a National Monument. Many of our neighborhoods abut or lie close to Castner Range, and we applaud the dozen successful ad hoc efforts since 1978 to preserve the Range from development.
Richard Teschner: Chair, Neighborhood Coalition, Feb. 15, 2016 Proclamation of Support