Sabal Palm Trees to be Relocated

POSTED: Monday, June 15, 2009 - 8:06am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm

The Nature Conservancy of Texas and Audubon Texas are working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Border and Customs Protection to save hundreds of rare Sabal palm trees.

300 rare Sabal palm trees will no longer be bulldozed because of being in the way of the border fence. They will be replanted at three different properties. Spokesperson for the Nature Conservancy, Jay Harrod, says these palm trees will be saved from along a 13 mile stretch of land in the way of the border fence. The properties that will take these trees are the Lower Rio Grande Refuge, Sabal Palms Audubon Sanctuary, and the Southmost Perserve.

Harrod says they are saving the older, bigger trees which have been around for 30 to 40 years.

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