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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