The environmental group, Sierra Club, has released a video that shows untold damage from Border Patrol roads cut into the desert through the Organ Pipe National Monument and the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona, the Arizona Daily Star reports.
Activists say the Border Patrol has far more road than is needed.
Off-roading activities are impacting wildlife “on a huge scale” and causing compacted soil and water channeling, the Star wrote.
Customs and Border Protection denied damaging the environment through a statement to the Star.
“The preservation of our valuable natural and cultural resources is of great importance to CBP and we are fully engaged in efforts that consider environmental impact as we work to secure our Nation’s borders. The Border Patrol complies with all established laws and reporting procedures in place at National Parks and protected wilderness areas. We are committed to responsible environmental stewardship and look forward to working with interested parties and border residents to accomplish our mission while preserving the environment.”