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

Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

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.

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

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

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I participated in a long term study of Monarch butterfly habitat requirements in an area where the La Cruz project operated.