The Atascosa Highlands are an area of incredible biological diversity located within one of the most ecologically rich regions on the planet. Taking up less than 1% of Arizona's overall landmass, the Atascosas host at least half of the state’s total bird species and approximately one-quarter of its flora, including several species which are found nowhere else in the United States.
While these mountains have been inhabited for thousands of years, the last few centuries of human activity have had a profound effect on this stretch of the US-Mexico border, threatening the natural balance and driving many species to the brink of local extinction from this biological paradise.
In 2017, ecologist Jack Dash and documentary photographer Luke Swenson began the first comprehensive botanical flora of the Atascosa Highlands. Their work has developed into a transdisciplinary visual storytelling project documenting this rarely seen stretch of the US-Mexico border. Atascosa Borderlands has been made possible through the non-profit fiscal sponsor SocialGood with support by the Kalliopeia Foundation and Border Community Alliance.