A report prepared for the Mexican government by experts and environmental activists from Mexico and the US said the barriers could isolate border animals into smaller groups, affecting their genetic diversity.A blue ribbon panel will be established to study the proper flora for the fence. Preliminary estimates indicate that the panel will conduct hundreds of townhall meetings on both sides of the border in order to gather citizen input. Recommendations are expected in 2012 if changing climate conditions do not hinder the study. Once the final selections on the various form of cacti fence have been determined and environmental impact studies have been completed, engineers will begin developing plans and will apply for the one hundred or so Environmental Permits which will be required. Thousands of workers will receive Federal Government training on the proper selection, handling, transportation and planting of the cacti. There is no word yet on the total cost or schedule for the program but government officials caution that patience is the by-word.
The report suggested ways of minimising environmental damage, including "green corridors" of wilderness without roads.
These would allow wildlife to remain connected but not provide an easy route for people trying to cross.
Another proposal was "live" fences of cactuses, or permeable barriers to allow water, insects and pollen to cross the border.
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