Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ackerman Calls for Conservation of Castner Range

Photo compliments of Doug Agee

Judy Ackerman, one of El Paso’s most outspoken environmental advocates and Secretary of the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition (FMWC), spoke last night to a nearly packed auditorium at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater about conserving Castner Range. Entitled “Conserving Castner Range, Crown Jewel of the Franklin Mountains” Judy urged the audience to sign a petition to save Castner Range from any future development.

Photo compliments of Virginia Galarza

The presentation was sponsored by the El Paso Sierra Club Group and UTEP’s Environmental Advocates. FMWC formed in 1978 and was largely responsible in organizing local citizen efforts to create Franklin Mountains State Park in 1979. Today the organization is working with stakeholders across the city in helping to preserve from potential development the 7,081-acre Castner Range—previously used by the Army for artillery exercises from 1926-1966. Located at the state park’s eastern boundary, the range is closed to the public. 

Prior to Judy's presentation, Jackson Polk introduced and showed his video:

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