Saturday, August 12, 2017

Building Trump's wall---in a wildlife refuge

How Symbolic—Trump Wall Construction Begins in a Wildlife Refuge

The director of Mission, Texas’ National Butterfly Center, Marianna Treviño-Wright, stumbled upon some unwelcome guests last month: a work crew clearing brush, trees, and native plants from the privately owned refuge. 

The habitat, painstakingly created over the last 15 years to host some 200 butterfly species, was indiscriminately torn down by work crews who claimed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had given approval to begin preparing the area for construction of the border wall.

The 100-acre Butterfly Center stretches to the true border, the Rio Grande River, but the border wall will cut through the middle of the property. Much of the proposed border wall will be built about a mile north of the river, because riparian areas are unstable zones in which to do major construction. 

For the butterfly center, this means the visitor area will be cut off from the majority of the refuge and the many species of butterflies that call it home will have their habitat fractured and destroyed...

Thanks to Outside online.

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