Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Wildlife habitat may not be the first thing that you think of when you're contemplating the construction of a "big, beautiful" wall between the United States and Mexico. But, according to science editor Eliza Barclay at Vox, you should.
Barclay reports that Trump's wall will be an "ecological disaster."
Today there are 25 million acres of protected US public lands within 100 miles of the line. That includes six wildlife refuges, six national parks, tribal lands, Wilderness Areas, and Conservation Areas — all of them managed by various federal agencies and tribal governments.
And that's just the U.S. side. On the Mexico side of the border there are also protected lands - designed to conserve dwindling wildlife populations that cross the border between the two nations.