|Photos from the Porto Blanco Road to Quitobaquito Spring on Oct. 3, 2019|
The Cactus Boneyard
Ecocide on the Border: The Commands of a Madman
Article by Brenda Norrell
Photos published with permission
AJO, Arizona -- The protected Saguaro Cactus in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument are being ripped from the life-sustaining earth for a border wall that is the symbol of death.
It takes Saguaro 50 to 100 years to grow an arm. Saguaro are found nowhere else in the world but here.
It is illegal in Arizona to cut down a Saguaro Cactus.
Ecocide is the extensive damage to and destruction of or loss of an ecosystem.
Life on the border is dying. All laws protecting endangered species, the water, land, and air, and Native sacred places have been eliminated to build the border wall here in the pristine Sonoran Desert. The endangered pupfish, burrowing owls, Bighorn sheep and Saguaros have no one to speak for them.
The voice of the desert is dying.
As in the Nuremberg trials, those who are 'just following orders,' must be prosecuted, along with those who gave the orders.
The photographer who took these photos said, "The wall contractors are moving fast, clearing the 60' Roosevelt Reservation (easement) along the border for the 30' wall. They have cleared to approx 6 miles in, Quitobaquito is approx. 15 miles in from the hwy."
"I imagine once they start working on the Wall on the west side of Lukeville that the Porto Blanco Rd will be closed to the public to Quitobaquito."
"We have been told that the columnar cactus in the easement, including Saguaros, would be relocated. I have attached photos of two small young saguaros, one actively being transplanted and one with stakes that had previously been moved."
"I also watched a video that was released by the Army Corps of Engineers showing how they were transplanting Saguaros. All of them were small and young as well."
"I hope I am wrong but I fear that the old ones, the old-growth ones, the tall ones, those with arms, those with many arms, the grand majestic saguaros are not being saved."
"For the amount of clearing that has been done so far I did not see very many brush piles. They must be hauling off a lot of debris from the site."
"One of the very few brush piles I did see was at the farthest point in and contained the bodies of several large saguaros that you see pictured here. If you have never been to Quitobaquito spring on Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument PLEASE GO NOW. Take as many folks with you as you can. Take photos and document/ witness the destruction along the way," the local photographer said.
The company bulldozing Saguaro Cactus on the Arizona border at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument: Trump's destruction of all living things contractor is Southwest Valley Contractors in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The company is now bulldozing the Saguaros. https://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/news/2019/08/15/southwest-valley-constructors-80m-border-wall-work.html
Photos of bulldozers destroying Saguaro Cactus for Border Wall at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Ajo, Arizona
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