Interagency Wilderness Restoration
A multi-agency effort is underway to restore lands adversely affected by cross-border activities, both by border violators and law-enforcement interdiction efforts. The Department of Homeland Security funded the restoration efforts as a result of biological opinions from the construction of the SBInet system and border security fence. The project area includes the entirety of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge to the Pima County line and the Bureau of Land Management's
Roads are restored using a variety of methods including a passive approach to using mechanized equipment. Passive restoration will be employed simply by placing a wattle and restoration sigh at the entrance of an undesignated vehicle route (UVR). More aggressive methods are employed as
The end result will be the removal of miles of UVRs from the landscape, provide for a more pleasant wilderness experience to visitors, and restore acres of lands for use by the animals who depend on an intact habitat for survival in a most extreme desert ecosystem. This cooperative effort by the agencies makes this daunting task possible and will help reestablish the Sonoran pronghorn into areas the animals used in the historic past and provide places for columnar cacti to grow, meeting the nectar needs of the lesser long-nosed bat, a specialized pollinating species.
Please note: Restored areas labeled with the "Restoration Area, Please Help It Grow" sign and roads marked with the "Wilderness Area Closed" brown carsonite posts are for official Government use only.