In the winter of 2008, the kit fox, bison, pronghorn and prairie dogs of the northern stretch of the Chihuahuan grasslands of North America survived on a drought-prone but relatively unbroken stretch of rare grasslands spanning the borderlands of the United States and Mexico. Only two years later, their habitat has been severed and movement northward ended for many species due to the dismissal of environmental law for construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The Borderlands Project has been documenting the changes to ecosystems and human communities during this period, and working to ensure that the impacts of this policy are better understood by policy makers and the general public.
The remoteness of the borderlands region from most U.S. citizens lives, coupled with a news media focus on illegal activity and drug violence, has left most people with a tragically incomplete picture of the borderlands of the United States and Mexico. These remote wildlands harbor a relatively unknown ecological gem that stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico across the belly of North America, providing safe haven for many wild species of plant and animal.