In 2017, ecologist Jack Dash and documentary photographer Luke Swenson started studying a remote section of the Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona. What began as the first comprehensive botanical flora of the Atascosa Highlands, has developed into a transdisciplinary visual storytelling project documenting this rarely seen stretch of the US-Mexico border. This website brings together original film photographs, historical images and floral specimens, along with found artifacts, maps, interviews and essays from the ongoing project. Atascosa Borderlands has been made possible through the non-profit fiscal sponsor SocialGood with support by the Kalliopeia Foundation and Border Community Alliance.


Tallia Cahoon, Pat and Howard Frederick, Tumacacori Mission, James Verrier, Susan Carnahan, Mary Noon Kasulaitis, The Tubac Presidio, Julie Pochron, William Mebane, Arizona Historical Society, Lano Dash and Olivia Chernoff.


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