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Legislation passed gets El Paso closer to protecting Castner Range

Castner Range in Northeast El Paso

Tuesday, details of U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s successful legislative action to protect Castner Range will be shared in a press conference.

The more than 7,000-acre mountain range was once home to an artillery firing range.

A final legislation passed the House on Monday, and it’s expected to pass the Senate before the end of the year.

It will protect and conserve Castner Range.

The provision specifically targets the range's ecological, scenic, wildlife, recreational and scientific resources.

Because of this legislation, no road or structure can be installed on the land.

The use of motor vehicles is also not allowed.

Efforts to make Castner Range a national monument have been a concern to O'Rourke.

In February, we reported then-President Barack Obama did not declare it a national monument.

So this legislation is a victory for the groups trying to conserve the range.

In a statement, O'Rourke says “Beyond its beauty, protecting Castner Range helps us conserve El Paso's precious aquifers that lie beneath it."

He also says it will preserve numerous archaeological and historical resources that date as far back as 10,000 years.

This will safeguard its one-of-a-kind vegetation and wildlife.

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