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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is primarily responsible for securing our international borders, but they are also committed to stewardship of the environment adjacent to the border. CBP is currently restoring impacted lands associated with its operations along both the northern and southern borders of the United States. In the southern border region, CBP lands extend through multiple habitat types and various federal and state landowners; extend from the coastal dunes, through the mountains to the high desert; and state parks, wildlife preserves, national parks, and the Colorado River.

With the expansion of the border infrastructure, primarily the border fence, CBP became more aware of the impacts associated with its operations. This prompted the division of CBP known as Facilities Management and Engineering (FM&E) to take action to preserve, restore, and enhance impacted areas within identified sensitive wildlands. FM&E has sought to bridge the gap between operational needs and the landowners by negotiating and implementing habitat restoration and sediment control objectives that address the needs of all parties and benefit the environment by promoting thoughtful stewardship of our natural resources.

Since 2010, CBP has teamed with RECON to restore and enhance over 300 acres of habitat along the border region extending from the Pacific Ocean to Tucson, Arizona. RECON continues to work closely with FM&E to satisfy the goals and objectives they have agreed to with multiple stakeholders and landowners. Over the course of these work orders, RECON has successfully accomplished tasks including restoring 26 acres of coastal sage scrub habitat in the area known as Smuggler's Gulch, maintaining 150 acres of vegetation adjacent to the Colorado River for the benefit of southwestern willow flycatcher, and restoring multiple impact areas within the Otay wilderness for the benefit of quino checkerspot butterfly, which in 2014 was observed within our restored parcels. Additional work has included stormwater pollution prevention plan compliance by installation of multiple erosion control projects throughout the southern border region. Increasingly over the last two years, CBP has enlisted our biological and cultural monitoring services to assist in construction planning and monitoring activities. RECON is honored to continue to work closely with Customs and Border Protection in the many facets of environmental services associated with the southern border infrastructure.

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