On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed an executive order halting border wall construction. Wildlands Network is documenting the impacts of the border wall and border security operations on wildlife and protected lands in the region, using this data to provide recommendations for protecting and restoring affected native wildlife and habitat.
Your voice matters—tell your leaders to take action to restore our borderlands!
To the leaders of North America:
The U.S.-Mexico Borderlands harbor some of the highest levels of biodiversity on the North American continent. Nowhere else on Earth can you find jaguars, bears, wolves and ocelots roaming between mountains, grasslands and deserts. But it’s not just the number of species that makes the Borderlands so significant: It’s also a crossroads for nature and culture. For centuries it’s been a key continental movement corridor between the Rocky Mountains, the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts and the Sierra Madre Occidental, supporting diverse communities of plants, animals and people.
Today, more than 450 miles of border wall divide this rich landscape. No single action has done more to impede wildlife habitat connectivity and corridors in North America than the construction of the border wall. If left standing, these walls will alter the course of species evolution on our continent.
The fate of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands lies in your hands. With your leadership, we can restore the damage done to the local environment and set the foundation for binational conservation that respects this land’s deep cultural significance to peoples across North America.
Now is the time for building bridges, not walls. Together, we can create a future where nature is unbroken and human communities come together to protect wildlife based on shared values.
Future generations are relying on you: Please take action to protect and restore our Borderlands.