EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and El Paso environmental leaders on Friday morning reintroduced the Castner Range National Monument Act, which, if passed, will designate Castner Range as a national monument.

H.R. 2752 will help to conserve and protect the ecological cultural, historical and natural integrity of the land for present and future generations to enjoy, which the legislation would preserve.

“Castner Range has been at risk of being developed and that has been the community fear for decades — that we would someday raise that land and see all sorts of development on it and lose all the natural beauty and space that has been available to everyone equally,” Escobar said.

Although the legislation faces hurdles with the Senate, Escobar said there are other paths they can take to make Castner Range a monument.

Escobar, Eric Pearson of the El Paso Community Foundation, Judy Ackerman of the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition, Janaé Renuead Field of the Frontera Land Alliance, Angel Peña of Nuestra Tierra and Dr. Richard Teschner of the University of Texas at El Paso spoke at the news conference.

The full conference can be viewed in the player below or here.

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