Monarch butterflies are treasured for their delicate beauty and hard work as pollinators. The fact that their annual journey from their southern home in Mexico and back again takes them thousands of miles and as many as six or more generations to accomplish makes them seem even more magical.
But, decades of deforestation threaten to irreparably damage the butterfly’s migratory habitat in the Sierra Madre Mountains in the state of Michoacán. Starting in 2006, American Forests began working with the nonprofit La Cruz Habitat Protection Project, Forests for Monarchs, to restore their habitat as well as provide local jobs, protect watersheds and encourage responsible lumber industry practices. Together, American Forests and Forests for Monarchs have planted more than 1 million trees, as well as trained local communities to manage these forests and provided environmental education in schools.
After journeying thousands of miles, a monarch’s migration ends in an extraordinary spectacle in Mexico’s oyamel fir forests.