Year Planted: 2008Trees Planted: 150,000Location: Mexico
The beautiful monarch butterfly is in danger of losing its winter home in Mexico's oyamel fir forests. La Cruz Habitat Protection Project has planted 3 million seedlings since 1997 to offset this deforestation and restore soil and watersheds in the affected areas. This year the nonprofit will partner with American Forests to plant some 100,000 trees in south-central Mexico as part of a multiyear program. Reforesting these sites will continue to improve the butterflys nesting habitat and restore soil and watersheds in the deforested areas. The program provides an additional benefit: by creating alternative sites for wood extraction, it will alleviate future pressure on the monarchs habitat. Project officials reported that during the winter of 2006-2007, overwintering monarchs were observed clustering on young oyamel fir trees in an area of degraded forest that they had not returned to for 10 years, a hopeful sign of the potential benefits of reforestation in the area.
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