The Monarch biosphere reserve occupies high mountain peaks along the borders of Michoacan and Mexico, two Mexican states. This is an area where millions of Monarch butterflies spend the winter and close to 100,000 people now live. The recent increase in human population has put pressure on the reserve because of illegal logging. La Cruz Habitat Protection Project (LCHPP) is working to return the the forest to the reserve's buffer zones and other areas around the monarch's over-wintering habitat. LCHPP is also teaching the local people to manage the new forests located closer to their dwellings sustainably, to alleviate pressure on the natural forests within the reserve. Along with planting in and around the reserve area LCHPP is planting in areas around watersheds of two highland lakes.
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