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December 8, 2012

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December 8, 2012

I first learned of LCHPP, Inc. in 2007 or 2008 while we were building our house in Zirahuen. I was told that LCHPP provided trees for reforestation. Our property had many old neglected peach trees but not much in the way of native trees except for jaras. I wanted to plant trees in order to provide habitat for wildlife. Just up the hill is a federal ecological reserve, in which I have seen rare wildlife species, By reforesting part of our property we would be creating a wildlife corridor connecting the reserve to the baranca (stream/ wetland) down the hill. Usually the trees from LCHPP are given to Mexicans to plant for future harvesting so that they aren't tempted to harvest trees from areas where the monarchs winter. We, on the other hand, are foreigners living in Mexico part of each year and have no intention of ever harvesting the trees. When they get old, they will provide homes for woodpeckers, owls and other wildlife. We planted 450 seedlings from LCHPP, consisting of 3 different kinds of oaks, 3 different kinds of cedars, 3 different kinds of pines and a few oyamils. The first 3 years we hauled bucket after bucket to keep them watered. I fed them with compost I made from manure, soil, leaves, grass, yeast, bran and sugar. Now, a few years later, some of the trees are more than 12 feet tall Several had nests in them. I have counted 27 species of birds in the area. A great biodiversity of plants, along with accompanying insects, has cropped up around the trees. This summer I planted 50 more trees. I also planted 50 trees with some students in Nocutzepo where I ran an after-school program to teach children about Nature. We discussed the benefits of trees to humans and the animals and other plants that depend on them. We drew and painted pictures of leaves and plants in watercolor. I have seen the monarchs at their wintering grounds in El Rosario. It is an amazing, mind-boggling event which could not happen without the trees providing shelter. I am working on paintings of monarchs on flowers to educate the public about them. I am planning a botanical art workshop in El Rosario to bring artists there to record the process.

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2012

October 20, 2012

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1 previous review
March 31, 2011

I was fortunate to become involved with this reforestation and forest restoration program in its first year - in 1997, when I was looking for a sabbatical project to work on in Mexico. In the beginni... more

October 20, 2012

I have first-hand experience about the ways in which the La Cruz Habitat Protection Project and its Forests for Monarchs Program are helping to restore the forests and watersheds of South-Central Mexico and improve the lives of the poor rural people who live in the project areas. I have met and been thanked by many of the local participants who plant our trees on their land, during more than nine years when I worked as a forester and conservation worker on this program. I have personally seen the soils and watersheds become improved, and seen locations where even mountain springs that had dried up on degraded lands have begun to flow again. Any positive impact we can have on these degraded forest areas is important for so many reasons. For example, it is not only indigenous people who have no developed water supply systems who depend on the mountain springs, it is also the overwintering monarch butterflies who must come out of their sanctuary roosts daily to drink from the springs. Of course, other wildlife and plants also benefit from the watershed restoration we are contributing to. Another outcome that is a testament to the success of this program is that the local people who started planting our trees back in 1998 are beginning to reap real economic benefits. These are benefits that they deserve for deciding to dedicate their lands and their labors to reforestation. These forward thinking people have planted trees to benefit their own lands and families, but by doing so they are also contributing to the conservation of remnant native forests by establishing alternative forests for human uses, which is the conservation strategy of the LCHPP organization. Contributors should know that the vast majority of this non-profit's funds go directly to producing and transporting trees to give away to the local land owners, as well as to document the plantings, provide technical assistance, and monitor tree survival. We do not pay the locals to plant the trees; they put a lot of their own resources into this. Most trees are given to indigenous communities and ejidos who plant on communal lands. If you talked to the local people they would ask you to support this program.

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March 31, 2011

I was fortunate to become involved with this reforestation and forest restoration program in its first year - in 1997, when I was looking for a sabbatical project to work on in Mexico. In the beginning, we were a small organization doing small things. Fourteen years later, we are still a small organization, but now we are doing more – sprouting our way towards planting a million trees a year where they are badly needed: in the impoverished and degraded watersheds of south-central Mexico. It is gratifying to be able to stand on a lookout in some of our project areas and look around and see the mountainside greening up with woodlots that we helped get planted years ago. It is also gratifying to have been able to work with such dedicated, forward-thinking people as are the ones who make this program function, the local folk who ask us to help them reforest their lands, and those who support our work.

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I have personally seen and have documented the results that this organization has accomplished in terms of restoring forests to the mountainsides of the monarch butterfly overwintering zones of Mexico - and in the watersheds of Lake Patzcuaro and Lake Zirahuen. Likewise, I have personally spoken to the local participants and have received their expressions of heartfelt gratitude for helping give them "something productive to do with their land", which was no longer any good for farming.

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Provide it with a stable source of ongoing funding.

April 7, 2012

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April 7, 2012

La Cruz Habitat Protection Project (LCHPP), working as 'Forests for Monarchs,' was able to plant an additional 600,000 trees in Central Mexico last summer (2011). And, despite a difficult economic climate and increased challenges to fundraising, LCHPP has committed to planting an additional 600,000 trees during the summer of 2012. I am proud to play a role in making a positive impact on the overwintering environment for millions of monarch butterflies; helping to improve the climate and economic stability for the local people who share these mountains with the monarchs; and yes, in improving the global climate, as well. We at LCHPP owe our successes and stability to those who support our work with financial contributions. Many thanks to all those who make our work possible.

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2012

March 26, 2012

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March 23, 2011

I have been raising, releasing and tagging monarchs since 1972 and in ’77 went in search of their winter hideaway in Mexico, which I found after a two month search. The next couple of years I had ... more

March 26, 2012

I am proud to be part of this organization that planted 600,000 more trees in 2011, bringing the cumulative total to close to six million trees in Central Mexico over the last 15 years. These trees protect the monarch butterflies overwintering habitats, help the indigenous people and benefit the environment, locally and globally. I am also proud that this year LCHPP added a new project: Forests for Haiti. Jose Luis Alvarez, the head of LCHPP- Mexico and Javier Hinojosa, a respected Mexican forester, went to Haiti to help a poor community, Bois Neuf, start a tree nursery. They worked in collaboration with The Haitian People's Support Project. They have just returned from a follow up visit 7 months later. The nursery has already planted many of the 200,000 various seedlings they started, including fruit, nut and medicinal trees in addition to ones to provide cooking fuel and others to protect the soil and water. There are always many challenges, but progress is being made and people's lives are being positively impacted, the whole community is involved and that is wonderful. We hope to raise enough funds to help establish another nursery in another community in Haiti. Of course, our work in Mexico is needed now more than ever and we need to continue to plant more trees there as well.

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Life-changing

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2012

March 23, 2011

I have been raising, releasing and tagging monarchs since 1972 and in ’77 went in search of their winter hideaway in Mexico, which I found after a two month search. The next couple of years I had the great honor to camp out for weeks at a time among millions upon millions of monarchs. While there in 1979, deforestation was beginning to be a problem and has only accelerated at a rapid pace since then, threatening the monarchs, the habitat that protects them and the well being of the local impoverished people.

Having returned to Mexico almost every year since then, and vowing to do something to honor, respect and protect these sacred mountains and their inhabitants, I searched for solutions to the seemingly intractable cycle of poverty and environmental degradation.

It took many years before I found Jose Luis Alvarez and La Cruz Habitat Protection Project. He and his organization were carrying out my longstanding dream. Here was a sustainable reforestation program that was intelligently and successfully restoring forests in and around the monarchs over wintering habitats in Mexico while addressing the needs of the local impoverished people.

After visiting the nursery and the reforested sites, I became an avid supporter in 1999. LCHPP’s Forests for Monarchs project has grown over the years from a modest beginning in 1997 when it convinced 4 families to plant 7,000 trees, to the summer of 2010’s planting of 673,000 trees, bringing the cumulative to total to over 5 million trees, always at the low cost of 50 cents a tree.

This is an innovative and effective program that is much needed and deserves all our support, for the health of the monarchs and for the health of our planet. I am proud to have become a member of the Board of Directors.

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I have seen the ingenious improvements at the LCHPP nursery and have visited the reforested sites and met the families who have planted LCHPP's trees. I've witnessed the positive impact this program has had on the environment and for the people.

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I think this organization does a great job and would like to see both its reforestation and educational programs expand, grow and be duplicated.

April 4, 2011
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April 4, 2011
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I would like to comment on and commend the work of the La Cruz Habitat Protection Project. Over the years this group has provided free of charge forest trees native to the high Mexican mountains to farmers interested in reforestation and sustainable forest management. They have advised local farmers in the planting, and care of the seedlings succeeding in this effort to the extent that their seedling success rate is the highest in the entire area. They have convinced many and continue to convince that growing trees for profit is a an economic activity more suited to those high mountain ecosystems than is the growing of most agricultural crops. The result has been a bonus to both the locals who live on the land and to the monarch butterflies with whom they share the forests.

William Calvert, PhD
Monarch Butterfly Researcher

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I have seen the results of the La Cruz Habitat Protection Project near the small village of El Rosario, Michoacan. The farmers who embraced this project concerted to economically viable activities and at the same time helped to change the habitat back to one that conserved wildlife and protected the Monarch butterfly. These farmers also serve as a model and incentive to others in the area to change to more ecologically friendly farming practices.

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Don't know enough about the operation of these organization to make a meaningful comment.

April 1, 2011

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April 1, 2011

With our own green efforts keeping me responding to the hundreds of emails receive daily, I apologize for the delay in responding to this extremely worthwhile cause. In spite of our schedule with promotion of envirotablets.com, every effort is made to attend and invite others to presentations by Maralene Manos Jones. Personally, I am never short of amazed at the depth and breadth of her knowledge and the work that is being done by your organization. Please accept my prayers for continued success and growth in your efforts to keep our planet safe for all.

With my Warmest Regards,
Michael R. Wehr

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Yes

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Continue on the path

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Personal contact of Maralene Manos Jones

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

I have been fortunate enough to hear Maraleen Manos Jones speak about the butterflies and their habitat. She was so informative and entertaining, I was spell bound for the entire lecture.La Cruz habitat protection project has been a wonderful organization that I have supported in different ways. If the butterflies die, we all will die, so I think it is of tremendous importance that it continue and thrive.

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by hearing Maraleen Manos Jones and watching her videos on the migrations of the butterflies, so interesting sand informative.

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plant more trees, have more information in the schools so our children understand how important the butterflies are to our survival.

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

In 2005 I went to Mexico for the first time. Hiking in the Forests for Monarchs with Jose Luis, of LCHPP, gave me a tangible sense of how responsible we are for the life cycle and survival of the monarch butterfly.
It was alarming to see the remains of felled old growth trees, shelter and
sustenance for the monarch, strewn about, in these beautiful mountains.
The rewards of so many young trees being planted by the local population, with an understanding that their futures are significant deserves support.
I hope to be able to return to the forests and help plant trees some time.

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knowing trees are being planted with success every year keeps butterflies alive !

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support as is. Is an excellent organization.

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

In today's world, when there are so many threats to the environment, it is very satisfying to know of the work of LCHPP. It is a holistic program touching the butterflies, the forest and the surrounding villagers. People, butterflies and forests, all benefit from the reforestaion project. It is important to tell the world that there are thousands of people who care passionately about saving the environment for these very special miracles of nature. Butterflies have a spiritual as well as a natural function in our lives. The butterflies must be protected and LCHPP is the best organization to lead this mission.

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communucation about succesful reforestation efforts

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it global

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

When I went on the very first trip organized to see the overwintering monarch butterflies in Michaocan, Mexico, I hadn’t realized that I would become quickly engaged in the La Cruz Habitat Protection Project as I learned all that it was doing and how it was going about saving the monarch butterfly habitats. The Project doesn’t just help protect the butterflies through reforestation, it also helps local families make a difference in their lives and communities as they become involved planting millions of trees to keep up with all those being destroyed for industrial paper and lumber. The residents see how planting trees also improves their own lives and environment– growing wood for their own use, preventing soil erosion, maintaining clean water and air quality, and enhancing eco-tourism.

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Seeing for myself the involvement of the local people in planting seedlings, the rapid growth of new forests, and the safer haven for the migrating monarch butterflies.

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Enable it to bring in more tourists like myself since each one is likely to be a supporter and donor.

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