LA CRUZ HABITAT PROTECTION PROJECT, INC

Rating: 4.9 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Food, Environment

Location: 5405 Jessica Lane Austin TX 78727 USA

Mission: Dedicated to forest restoration and promoting sustainable forest management in Central Mexico to benefit the people and other creatures, specially the Monarch butterflies who depend on the forests, as well as to assure a healthy planet for future generations.
Target demographics: Low income peoples who live off the land.
Geographic areas served: States of Michoacan, Mexico, and parts of the state of Mexico, Mexico. Now we have a new project to create tree nurseries in Haiti.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

listening to their publicity

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

not make any changes

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

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

Expand it to cover more areas of the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

I can not think of one thing I would change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

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

I cannot think of anything that needs to be changed.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

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

Obtain more support for their successful operations.

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