Feds to spend millions on AZ border habitat

Associated Press (October 31st, 2010 @ 2:10pm)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Some $6.8 million will be spent along the border over the next few years to plan for jaguar management, close dirt roads, restore wetlands, study bats, plant agaves and do other projects.

The Arizona Daily Star reports environmentalists and Organ Pipe National Monument’s superintendent say the federal government has funded border fences, and it’s time to repair damage from the construction.

The funds are for eight Southwest border projects, six in Arizona.

It’s the first part of a $52 million federal program to compensate for damage done by border security measures to endangered species habitat on public lands.

The Arizona Cattlemen’s Association says money should protect people first.

It says drug cartels disrupt life for southern Arizona’s border residents but ranchers aren’t receiving funds for their environment.



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