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La Cruz Habitat Protection Project

Year Planted: 2007
Trees Planted: 50,000
Location: Mexico

The beautiful monarch butterfly is in danger of losing its winter home in Mexicos oyamel fir forests. La Cruz Habitat Protection Project has planted 2.5 million seedlings since 1997 to offset this deforestation and restore soil and watersheds in the affected areas. In 2007 the nonprofit partnered with American Forests to plant 50,000 trees in south-central Mexico as part of a multi-year program. Reforesting these sites will continue to improve the butterflys nesting habitat and restore soil and watersheds in the deforested areas. The program also provides an additional benefit: by creating alternative sites for wood extraction, it will alleviate future pressure on the monarchs habitat. Officials report the reforestation is working as overwintering monarchs are now seen clustering around young oyamel fir trees in an area where they have not been seen for 10 years.

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