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Feds seek to protect rare Texas plant in the path of border wall construction

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a rule earlier this week to list the prostrate milkweed, which lives along the Texas-Mexico border, as an endangered species. The rare plant is threatened in part by border security activities, scientists say.

The view of the Rio Grande River from Gerardo Vargas' property on June 23, 2021.
Prostrate Milkweed.

Border barriers cross sensitive habitat

In Texas, all known populations of the prostrate milkweed occur within nine miles of the Mexican border.

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