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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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Our programs

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Forests for Monarchs

Seedling trees are donated to indigenous communities, landowners, and ejidos in and around the area of the monarch butterfly overwintering sites and the Highland Lakes Watershed region.  Recipients of the trees agree to dedicate a portion of their land to restoring forest rather than clearing the land for agricultural purposes. They agree to plant and care for the trees properly and are given technical support as the trees mature. When the trees reach sufficient size, the landowners and land caretakers are taught to harvest the timber sustainably, which provides a stable economic resource for their families and communities.  Some of the new forests are not planned for harvest but are aimed at restoring watersheds and the environment for the people and the monarchs.

The trees planted help to remove pressure from the forests around the monarch winter habitat and the watersheds. When we reforest cleared land, soil conditions improve, clean water returns to streams and rivers.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

In 2007, LCHPP (dba Forests for Monarchs), in partnership with Vivero Forestal - Hacienda La Cruz, initiated a program to restore forest to the mountain slopes that drain into Lake Patzcuaro and nearby Lake Zirahuen.

Lake Patzcuaro:  It is one of the most important lakes in México for its role in the region's culture, ecology, and economy, 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 has filled the western side of the shallow lake, making a peninsula of the island of Jarácuaro. 

Lake Zirahuen:
Smaller but deeper than Lake Pátzcuaro, Lake Zirahuén is also being negatively impacted by pollutants and siltation.  The rapid development of its watershed demands forest restoration.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

Each year, LCHPP, with the support of Vivero Forestal - Hacienda La Cruz 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
Ethnic and racial groups

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The monarch butterfly has one of, if not the, most complex migrations of any insect. Monarchs travel thousands of miles every year across North America and have become a symbol for countless communities.

At one time, the monarch overwintering habitat in Mexico encompassed over 50 acres with a population of over one billion. Due to habitat loss and other factors threatening the monarch population, the overwintering colonies have dwindled to as little as 5 acres in recent years.

Today, the relict natural forests that the monarchs depend on constantly face pressure ranging from storms to clearcutting. In order to maintain the current population size, what is left of the natural forests must stay protected.

That is why Forests for Monarchs is working with communities and landowners to convert their cleared and degraded land back to forested land. Reforesting in and around the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve area is crucial for the long-term survival of the monarch butterfly.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Awards

Top-Rated Nonprofit 2011

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Our results

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Acres of land that have been reforested by the organization

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Habitat Conservation: Protecting and restoring the natural habitats, including the forests where monarch butterflies breed, feed, and migrate.

Reforestation: Planting and maintaining trees, especially those that are essential for the monarch butterfly's life cycle, to enhance and expand suitable habitats.

Education and Awareness: Informing the public about the importance of monarch butterflies and the role of forests in their conservation. This involves educational programs, training, and outreach efforts.

Monitoring: Conduct monitoring data collection to understand the success of our tree planting program.
Collaboration: Work with various stakeholders, including communities, to promote reforestation in the region.

Reforesting land is crucial in addressing the climate crisis and mitigating carbon emissions. While planting trees alone isn't the only solution, it marks a meaningful effort in our collective work toward a more sustainable future. At Forests for Monarchs, our reforestation efforts align with 12 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Our comprehensive programs contribute to Goals 1 (No Poverty), 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality), 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 10 (Reduced Inequality), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 13 (Climate Action), 14 (Life Below Water)*, and 15 (Life on Land).

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FORESTS FOR MONARCHS, LA CRUZ HABITAT PROTECTION PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 01/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Hamm

Edward B Rashin

Hicks & Company, Environmental, Archeological and Planning Consultants.

Michael Hamm

Centre College in Danville, Kentucky

Molly O. Hoopes

Peggy Farabaugh

Vermont Woods Studios

Michaela Rogers

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Barbara Maldonado

Caterpillar, Inc.

Mark Hunter

University of Georgia

Sarah Hall-Bagdonas

American Forest Foundation

Donnamarie Duffin

Ron Miller

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/12/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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