The construction of an impermeable border wall across the heartland of North America is an unconscionable act of destruction on a continental scale, writes Borderlands Program Coordinator Myles Traphagen.
The cost of the border wall is estimated at $18 billion. To put this incomprehensible figure in perspective, it is enough money to test every person in America for COVID-19.
Despite a near worldwide effort to self-quarantine and social distance in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, construction of Trump’s border wall moves forward apace. And it’s creating a ticking time bomb of a regional public health crisis. The thousands of construction workers that commute weekly to and from all parts of the country… Continue reading “Despite Coronavirus, Trump’s Border Wall Continues”…
Earlier this week the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1158, which includes the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security 2020 Appropriations. Once again, Congress has delivered another blow to wildlands by providing $1.375 billion in funding for the construction of more border wall. This is enough funding for 350 more miles of wall… Continue reading “How Border Walls Alter the Evolutionary History of North America”…
Leer una versión en español abajo Conserving the shared ecosystems and species of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands depends on understanding who is in charge of managing the land that species need to recover, persist and thrive. Yet we often ignore or are overwhelmed by the land management aspects of conservation, especially in Mexico where ownership and… Continue reading “Challenges and Opportunities for Transboundary Conservation in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands”…
Our Borderlands Program Coordinator, Myles Traphagen, spoke with the Arizona Daily Star about the potentially devastating effects of a border wall on the Sonoran pronghorn, who ranges between both Mexico and the U.S. to find food, mates, shelter, and other resources. Photo: Tom Koerner, USFWS
Myles Traphagen, coordinator of our Borderlands Program, spoke with Arizona’s KTAR News about the disastrous ecological effects of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Photo: Brian Powell
KVOA, a local news station in Tucson, Arizona, interviewed our borderlands coordinator, Myles Traphagen, about the Pentagon’s recent transfer of $1 billion to build the border wall in Arizona, California, and New Mexico. If such a wall is built, it will facilitate an ecological disaster, cutting off iconic species who call both the U.S. and… Continue reading “Border Construction Concerns Conservation Groups, Wildlife Experts”…
On Tuesday, the Department of Defense, in response to a directive issued by President Trump, announced that it was transferring $1 billion U.S. dollars to build Trump’s unnecessary and destructive border wall.Wildlands Network strongly opposes the construction of a border wall. The building of such a structure in southern Arizona and New Mexico would be an ecological disaster with far reaching implications. Photo: Tom Koerner, USFWS
El mes pasado, unos 40 líderes de conservación de la vida silvestre de Estados Unidos y México formaron la Colaboración para la Conservación de los Estados Fronterizos, un grupo de trabajo informal dedicado a preservar la conectividad y la biodiversidad única de las tierras fronterizas. Foto: Cortesía Colaboración para la Conservación de los Estados Fronterizos
Last month, some 40 wildlife conservation leaders from both the United States and Mexico formed the Border States Conservation Collaborative, an informal working group dedicated to preserving the connectivity and unique biodiversity of the borderlands. Photo: Courtesy Border States Conservation Collaborative
The Arizona Daily Star published this op-ed by our Borderlands Program Coordinator, Myles Traphagen, who details the catastrophic effects the president’s proposed border wall would have on regional wildlife, including wolves, Sonoran pronghorn, and jaguars. Photo: Gary M. Stolz
The Albuquerque Journal interviewed Mexico Program Director Juan Carlos Bravo and Borderlands Coordinator Myles Traphagen about the border wall’s disastrous effects on wildlife. Photo: Northern Jaguar Project/Naturalia
High Country News covered last month’s Border BioBlitz, organized by our own Myles Traphagen and Next Generation of Sonoran Desert Researchers. The BioBlitz identified over 800 species along the U.S.-Mexico border and highlighted the region’s spectacular biodiversity. Photo: Myles Traphagen
With so much negativity surrounding the borderlands region of the U.S. and Mexico, the inaugural Border BioBlitz sought to shine a positive light on this dynamic and diverse place that so many people and wildlife call home. Photo: Myles Traphagen