Without a doubt the 646 miles of fence built along the U.S.-Mexico border has affected the wildlife and environment of the region. As a result the officials of the Interior Department and the Department of Homeland Security expect to sign an agreement by the end of August to send 6.8 million in federal money to the Southwest for borderlands restoration work.
This past weekend about 100 volunteers at Coronado National Memorial planted 1,300 baby agaves near the Mexican border in Arizona to replace the 4,000 that were torn out to build the border fence. The tequila producing plants bloom once every 15 to 20 years and are the main food source for the large populations of lesser long-nosed bats living in the area. The $275,000 project will take place over the next three years with the objective to plant about 4,5000 agaves at Coronado. These baby plants, 3-inch by 3-inch-wide, will replace the destroyed agaves of up to 20 years old and up to 3 feet long by 3 feet wide.