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Forests for Monarchs has added more than five million trees to previously deforested areas of Central Mexico.
A small ejido community in the area recently reported to the Mexican government that monarchs were returning and roosting on relatively young trees. This was the first time in a decade that the monarchs been seen in this community. The butterflies’ willingness to roost in smaller, younger trees was a hopeful sign for the organizers of this reforestation project.
“Our healthy tree seedlings grow one to three meters a year. The organically grown seedlings we distribute to communities in and around the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserves are growing at a vigorous rate, and, combined with our forest management educational initiatives, are having a positive impact on the lives of the people and the environment,” wrote Maraleen Mano-Jones of the La Cruz Habitat Protection Project (LCHPP). “Our goal is to plant one million trees a year.”
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