FORESTS FOR MONARCHS, LA CRUZ HABITAT PROTECTION PROJECT

Working to ensure the long term survival of the monarch butterfly

aka FORESTS FOR MONARCHS   |   Dedham, MA   |  http://www.forestsformonarchs.org

Mission

Forests for Monarchs is dedicated to protecting the monarch butterfly and other endemic species by reforesting the land surrounding the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, and to promote sustainable forest management among the local landowners for their economic benefit and forest conservation.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Megan Fulton

Main address

P.O. Box 597

Dedham, MA 02027 USA

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Formerly known as

La Cruz Habitat Protection Project

EIN

20-8448752

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Management & Technical Assistance (K02)

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Forests for Monarchs

Seedling trees are distributed to small land owners in Central Mexico in the area of the monarch butterfly overwintering sites.  Recipients of the trees agree to dedicate a portion of their land to restoring forest rather than planting corn or oats.  They agree to properly plant and care for the trees and are given technical support as the trees mature.  The use of non-timber products is encouraged.  When the trees reach sufficient size, the landowners are taught to sustainably harvest timber to provide a stable economic resource for their family.  Some of the new forests are not planned for harvest, but are aimed at restoring water sheds and the environment for the people and the monarchs.

Population(s) Served

In 2008 LCHPP, Inc. in partnership with LCHPP - Mexico initiated a program to restore forest to the mountain slopes that drain into Lake Patzcuaro and nearby Lake Zirahuen. In 2010 the project distributed 125,000 trees to communities and small land owners around these two lakes. 

Lake Patzcuaro: 
It is one of the most important lakes in México for its role in the culture, ecology and economy of the region, yet experts call Lake Pátzcuaro a dying lake.  Once believed to be the gateway to heaven by pre-Hispanic P'urhépecha, the lake has been poisoned by pollution and is shrinking from siltation by topsoil that washes down from small family agricultural plots on the surrounding mountainsides.  Large scale erosion from the fields on its watershed have filled the western side of the shallow lake, making a peninsula of the island of Jarácuaro.   Agricultural pollutants add to the effluents of numerous communities along the shore.  Efforts to restore the lake can never be successful until cleared mountainsides are returned to forest, to the benefit of the environment and the land owners as well. 

Lake Zirahuen:
Smaller, but deeper than Lake Pátzcuaro, Lake Zirahuén is also being negatively impacted by pollutants and siltation.  Rapid development of its watershed demands attention to reforestation of eroded adjacent mountainsides. 

Recent conversion of native forest and agricultural fields around both lakes to avocado orchards can only exacerbate the already critical state of Lake Patzcuaro and speed up the degradation of Lake Zirahuen.  Establishment of new patches of forest among the new orchards can slow the runoff of silt and chemicals into the lakes.

Population(s) Served

Each year, LCHPP - Mexico, with the support of LCHPP, Inc,. makes presentations to Elementary schools in the areas where trees are distributed.  These lessons teach children the value of the forest and  forest ecology.  The day long program ends with the children planting trees on school property or other public lands.  The objective is to teach future generations to be good stewards of the forests and to give them experiences that will help them make good choices regarding the forest lands when they take their place as tomorrow's community leaders.

Population(s) Served

LCHPP, Inc. presents educational displays, presentations and talks aimed at educating the  public about the monarch butterflies and how deforestation of mountainsides around their winter roosts threatens the unique monarch migration.

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FORESTS FOR MONARCHS, LA CRUZ HABITAT PROTECTION PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 7/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Hamm

Edward Rashin

Hicks & Company, Environmental, Archeological and Planning Consultants.

Michael Hamm

Centre College in Danville, Kentucky

Molly Hoopes

Peggy Farabaugh

Vermont Woods Studios

Ben Miles

Shire Environmental

Candace Bowden

Michaela Rogers

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Barbara Maldonado

Caterpillar, Inc.

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