Suggested border wall will cause anguish to Texas plants and animals as they will cause inconvenience for the region’s developing ecotourism industry. Norma Fowler and Tim Keitt, both professors in the Department of Integrative Biology, examine what might occur if more of Texas abruptly 1,200 miles of border with Mexico were to be fend off, donating to habitat demolition, habitat devastation and ecosystem vandalization.
Other states have minuscule borders than Texas has more barricades already in place; in Texas, there are walls along only about 100 miles of the border with Mexico. Congress just excused the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge from the new fencing project, but numerous miles of new barricades are constructed to be built on other federal lands, many of which are segment of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
Fowler said that till now walls were constructed through cities or deserts. But Rio Grande is a different ball game. There is an excessive diverseness because of the river and due to Texas expands so far south. Texas biologists are very perturbed about the impression this will cede on the rich natural heritage.
The consequences of existing walls and fences on border, the authors demarcated several issues about the suggested wall involving habitat demolition and abasement engendered by the building the wall and roads on either side of the wall. The most concerning issue now is destruction to Tamaulipan thorn scrub a once bountiful and now progressively and scarce ecosystem in South Texas.