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Review for Forests for Monarchs, La Cruz Habitat Protection Project, Austin , TX, USA

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.

Role:  General Member of the Public & I toured the facility with other members of our group, and listened to how La Cruz Habitat protection was established and how it maintains its greening of Mexico efforts. Also I traveled with the owner to the mountains where the Monarch butterfly overwin.