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Forests for Monarchs, a program of La Cruz Habitat Protection Project, Inc., successfully planted 550,000 trees in Michoacán, México, during the summer 2012 planting season. These native conifers will protect the Monarch Butterfly overwintering sites and the Michoacán’s Highland Lakes’ watersheds.
The organization keeps the local community heavily involved in the reforestation project, giving them alternatives to cutting the wood from the core of the Monarch Biosphere Reserve.
Through sustainable forest management practices, the participants are experiencing economic as well as environmental stability. The project is committed to answering the financial and practical needs of the people living near the monarch butterfly habitat through education and employment.
The hundreds of thousands of new trees planted also improve the soil, safeguard water resources and reduce siltation in lakes and streams.
The project plants evergreens that grow quickly (such as those shown left). Most typically they use Pinus pseudostrobus ("Pseudostrobus Pine"), Pinus greggii ("Greggii Pine"), Pinus michoacana ("Michoacan Pine"), Cupressus lindleyii ("White Cedar"), and Abies religiosa (Oyamel Fir") depending on what is the most beneficial for the site.
GreaterGood.org supports this and other reforestation projects through contributions made possible by the Gifts That Gives More [tm] program at The Rainforest Site.