Despite challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, Alternare and the local communities are ready to start the 2020 reforestation. Their plan is to plant approximately 24,000 trees on 20 hectares. Planning meetings on the locations to reforest were held in April and May following proper social distancing. Since schools are closed, teachers continued to water the trees in the nurseries so they are ready for the reforestation.
Instructors are in constant communication with the 300 families we are working with this year. Communities are eager to start! As Pedro from Crescencio Morales Indigenous Community told us, “A virus will not stop us! As long as we follow all the regulations our government has given us by wearing masks and keeping our distance from each other we will manage.”
We join Pedro in his enthusiasm to keep planting trees for the monarchs. Both MBF and Alternare are committed to keeping people safe. Our mission is to improve the monarch’s overwintering forests and the quality of life of the local population. This can only be achieved if people are employed and continue being stewards of the forests they own. Your donations make all this possible, especially now when the whole world is feeling the economic pangs that COVID-19 has brought to all of us.
Monarchs are busily fluttering about the overwintering colonies in Mexico and Alternare is joining in all the excitement and joy of having them visit Mexico! Alternare and the local communities ended 2019 with one workshop to build a cistern for the Nicolás Romero community and started the planning process for the 2020 reforestation by keeping up with the maintenance on their school and community tree nurseries.
Although it may seem early to start thinking about planting trees, communities are thinking ahead and are inspired by the monarchs flying about around their properties. “We have to think not only of this year but of the future so that butterflies always find shelter in our forests,” said one of the community planners.
We’re starting off the year on the right foot. MBF thanks YOU for supporting our efforts to ensure the conservation of the forest habitat and the well-being of the local communities!
Boy watering the seedlings with a hose at D. Ojeda
After our successful 2019 summer reforestation, local communities returned to their daily activities and were busy taking part in workshops and keeping up their tree nurseries. During August, September, and October, our local partner, Alternare, held three workshops in three indigenous communities with nine women and sixteen men participating. Four cisterns to capture rainwater were built as a result in these communities, benefiting 102 women and 89 men.
Additionally, MBF continues supporting 30 existing community and school tree nurseries. Alternare visits them to ensure everything continues to work well and is maintained. Plus everyone is planning ahead - 30,000 forest trees are already being grown using new biodegradable bags. “These bags are great. Next reforestation, we won’t have to worry about leaving them behind!”, said Tomas, a community member from Carpinteros community.
Monarchs will overwinter in Mexico soon, and MBF continues supporting activities that lead to better forest management, sustainability, and an improved habitat to host them. Thanks for being a part of this effort. We couldn’t do it without you!
Girl plants pine in C.Morales Indigenous Community
Local communities are busy planting trees! We have reached our goal planting 22,000 trees on 20 hectares with the participation of more than 650 children, women and men from the local communities. Summer vacations did not deter the kids who were very excited and unanimously confirmed that they didn’t mind spending their vacations planting trees. Especially since most of the seedlings came from the school tree nurseries that they created.
During the months of May, June, and July we built four community cisterns to capture rainwater benefiting 649 people. Additionally, ten women from El Rosario community participated in a workshop to build fuel-efficient stoves resulting in the construction of one stove each. One woman told us, “In spite of my husband’s hesitancy, I am glad I learned how to build this stove myself because now I can cook without having so much smoke around my kitchen and I am using less wood.”
Our local partner Alternare is also among two finalists in a contest to win a 25,000 grant! We need your votes to win. Please click on the following link, scroll down to the blue button that reads ”Votar por este proyecto”, log in to Facebook/Twitter and vote for our project:
MBF continues supporting these activities which are leading to better forest management, sustainability, and an improved habitat for the overwintering monarch butterflies. Thanks for being a part of this effort. We couldn’t do it without you!
Child from El Santisimo with pine tree for nursery
After a successful overwintering season, monarchs are heading north and MBF is getting the forest ready for the next season by supporting the summer 2019 reforestation. Alternare and 30 local school and community nurseries are getting ready to plant an estimated 24,000 trees on 20 hectares. These trees resulted from the hard work of students, parents, teachers, and community members who received support and follow-up visits from Alternare’s team twice a month. In the words of an eight-year-old from Crescencio Morales Indigenous Community in El Santísimo, “We are looking forward to this summer to get a break from school and begin planting all the trees we grew in our nursery!”
Additionally, thirty-eight women and two men participated in five workshops on construction and maintenance of fuel-efficient stoves which resulted in the construction of 21 stoves, mostly built by women. Four cisterns to capture rain water were also built providing clean and potable water to the Carpinteros, Capulín, and Santa Ana Ocampo communities.
As the monarchs did this past winter, we also hoping for a successful reforestation season and to continue our support for the workshops that empower the local communities and foster sustainable practices. Thank you for supporting the forests, the monarchs, and the local communities!
Children from El Santisimo working on nursery
Woman from Zirahauato IC with fuel-efficient stove
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