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Name of Project: Forest for Monarchs

Number of Trees to be Planted: 200,000

Directly Benefits: Monarch butterflies, Communities in Michocán

Location: Mexico

Year: 2011


  • Reforest 687 acres
  • Decrease siltation of the Patzcuaro and Zirahuen Lakes
  • Lessen pressure on natural forests
  • Ensure habitat area for monarch butterflies


Notable Highlights

American Forests is partnering with the La Cruz Habitat Protection Project (LCHPP) to plant oyamel fir and a few native pine variety seedlings that are needed in the forest for monarch butterflies and the survival of local communities.

Monarch butterflies migrate annually from North America to areas in Mexico. They need trees as a resting spot, especially to group together for warmth during the cold winter months. In the area of the project, wood is an important resource for families that use it for cooking, building, and cash income.

American Forests has supported this project since 2006, and has planted approximately 5 million trees, covering roughly 5,000 acres benefiting thousands of families on both family-owned and communally-owned land. Residents also receive training in sustainable forestry management. The first families that engaged in the project are now receiving permits from the Mexican government to begin sustainable harvests that will thin the standing crop to improve forest growth and provide income.


This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.

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