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March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

I have been a supporter of LCHPP's Forest for Monarchs project for many years, even though I have never visited that part of Mexico. I have followed their efforts and progress, and I think the project is very effectiveand addresses many of the problems of the area simultaneously. I also like that they keep costs low so that about 85% of the money they receive goes directly into planting more trees. The planet needs more trees, the poor people in the area need trees for many reasons and certainly the monarch butterflies need the trees for their habitat. I can honestly and wholeheartedly endorse this project.

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listening to their publicity

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not make any changes

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

This charity does a number of wonderful things. It helps replant forests in Mexico where monarch butterflies spend the winter in order to help keep these beautiful creatures alive and flourishing. It also teaches sustainable forestry to the local people. They are able to develop the forests while still having wood for buidling and cooking and trade. So, it supports the people, the environment, and all creatures who rely on the forests to live.

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I've learned a lot about the monarch butterflies, the people of Mexico and their living conditions, and the importance of forests as an ecosystem.

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

Expand it to cover more areas of the world.

March 27, 2011

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March 27, 2011

For years I had wanted to travel to Michoacan, Mexico and witness the miraculous Monarch Butterfly Migration but my family was reluctant. Determined I proclaimed I was going with or without them. "One day if we do not stop the deforestation in this area, there could be no more monarchs!" Well to make a long story short, the 4 of them came along and due to Jose Alvarez's passion for the habitat protection project, it was an expereince of a life time. Not only was it extremely informative and thorough, that a portion of our fees went to planting trees, we felt as if we were being part of the solution. To travel and make a small difference, a small contribution to the health and well-being of our planet is a rewarding journey I was happy to afford my adult children. Jose Luis and his son Lucca were our guides throughout our stay. Their dedication to this remarkable place on this planet earth is to be commended! My family spreads the word of this project any chance we have as an expereince everyone must have before they die! Oh yes, I forgot to mention Jose Luis's family hacienda, marvelously eclectic! If you know of anyone who wants to see the Monarchs send them to La Cruz Habitat Protection Project!

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This project is thorough and well concieved. When you are there, you can see the areas that have been reclaimed.

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I can not think of one thing I would change.

March 24, 2011

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March 24, 2011

My wife and I visited the monarch butterfly wintering areas in Michoacan a few years ago and were absolutely enthralled by the butterfly roosts. We stayed at Jose Alvarez's hacienda and toured his reforestation greenhouses. Travel to Michoacan is next to impossible nowadays because of the drug-related violence in that area, so tourism revenues are down. It is therefore especially important that LCHPP receive funding from other sources. It is a wonderful project. The monarch butterfly is one species that we must work hard to save.

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Yes, I have been there and I (and my wife) have seen the reforestation efforts.

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March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

I am a botanist who has traveled all over Mexico studying Tillandsia, an epiphytic Bromeliad. My career grew out of my love for nature, and of Mexico which I began exploring by car in 1968. I first visited Michoacan in 1970, but it wasn’t until 1990 when I moved to Michoacan that I first visited the Monarch’s overwintering sites and was shocked by the bare fields that had crept across the mountainsides below the Monarch sanctuaries. It seemed that what had once been temperate forest was soon to become a desert.
Later that year I bought a piece of rural land on a mountainside overlooking Lake Patzcuaro. It was covered in what at that time was a 25 year-old re-growth forest of mixed pine, oak and madrone. During the eight years I lived there, I began to wonder if my piece of forest would soon be the only patch of forest on the mountainside. Logging trucks constantly hauled freshly cut pines from above my land to a saw mill below. That is when I began wishing for a way to help reforest fields to restore habitat for birds and the other plants that along with trees form beautiful rich communities. It was also heart breaking to watch the top soil wash into the shrinking lake during each summer rain.
In 1998, when I was preparing my move back to the US, Ed Rashin came from Santa Clara del Cobre to look at my property. As we walked the trails, showing him my land, we discussed the devastating effect that deforestation was having on the highlands of Michoacan from the Lakes to the Monarchs. He told me about a new project that was beginning to reforest in the Monarch area. When I left Mexico a few months later, I lost all contact with Ed. On my frequent trips back to Michoacan, I tried to find the project. In 2003, I finally reconnected with Ed. I soon met Jose Luis Alvarez and Maraleen Manos Jones, who was visiting Mexico from New York and began working to raise funds and awareness to help grow the project.

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To learn about the project, I have gone out with Jose Luis Alvarez to deliver trees to communities in the Monarch Area and in the Lakes Area and with Ed Rashin, Jose Luis Alvarez and Javier Hinojosa to monitor the tree planting. As an occasional part-time resident of Michoacan, I participate in as many on the ground activities as practical. Mainly, I oversee administration of the project, write grant proposals and reports, and put my experience and energies toward project growth and stability.

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I would like to see a guaranteed funding resource that would allow the project to grow steadily and securely.

March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

La Cruz Habitat Protection Project doesn't just help local people plant trees to provide monarch butterfly habitat, it helps them plant hope for a stable economic future for the people of Michaocan, Mexcio by helping them grow wood for their use, prevent soil erosion that endangers their water sources, and improve their air quality.
By joining in the tree planting, I personally witnessed the evidence of this group changing people's behaviors and attitudes about their enviornment and their local economy.

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changing people's attitudes about new ways to both protect the environment and provide a stable, sustainble economy.

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

help them have sufficient funds to grow and distribute one million tree per year to the local people.

March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

I had the opportunity to visit La Cruz Habitat in 2007 for 4 days. I am an elementary teacher from the United States and had been given a grant to follow the Monarch butterfly from Indiana to Mexican mountain. Our tour guide, Maraleen Manos-Jones made arrangements for us to stay at the "habitat". We were shown the operation they have developed for reforestation in the mountains around the Monarch sanctuaries. Reforestation mostly consisted of replanting areas where the local populace had used the lumber for sustanance both cooking and making wooden items. We learned about their green approach to raising the seedlings, using compost for planting instead of taking soil from surrounding areas, fertilizing the seedlings with earthworm tailings, making their own equipment for watering and caring for the seedlings, engaging the local population in reforestation, asking school children to participate in owning the process by planting seedlings, and finally to educating farmers to give up part of their lands to plant the pine seedlings. The experience was life changing for me, and the more populace on this earth that hear about their efforts, the better our planet will be.

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Mexico, as I have been there and observed them in operation. I have seen the areas that they have reforested, and have seen how they raise the seedlings. They try to plant up to 2 million trees per year to reforest the areas that have been depleted by the indigenous people.

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I cannot think of anything that needs to be changed.

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

I know the leaders of LCHPP and have admired their dedication and accomplishments for several years. They are sensitive to the local social situations and extremely competent in producing, delivering, and managing the planting of the tree seedlings. Their supervision of planting and followup is crucial to success, and the organization is absolute tops in my experience.

Lincoln Brower.
Professor of Biology
Sweet Briar College and University of Florida, Emeritus.

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I have been scientific advisor for several years and have helped in their film production of an extremely good short video describing their efforts.

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

Obtain more support for their successful operations.

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