Reforestation and forest restoration in the monarch’s Mexican overwintering sites and surrounding areas are important for the well-being of the local residents and for the monarch butterfly. We support comprehensive, science-based reforestation and conservation projects that engage local communities.
The partnerships MBF has established with different organizations have helped us support reforestation projects within the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (MBBR). Our collaboration with Alternare and CIGA (UNAM’s Center for Research in Environmental Geography), which started in 2011 has led to successful reforestation of many areas and strengthened our relationships with the local communities who participate in our projects.
Supported by MBF funding, Alternare’s team is starting with the reforestation for 2021. Along with the indigenous communities of Crescencio Morales, Francisco Serrato and Nicolás Romero, as well as the Crescencio Morales ejido, they are planning to plant approximately 23,000 trees on 20 hectares. Last year (2020), nine communities reforested 23.6 hectares with 21,040 trees! You can visit the habitat conservation section on the past projects menu to read more details, see the 2020 reforestation map and photos.