Instructor share info with people at celebration
While monarchs are roosting on the pine-oyamel forests local communities are busy with workshops and preparing for the upcoming summer 2018 reforestation. But, everyone paused on January 27, when our local partner Alternare, A.C. celebrated their 20th anniversary! All the communities that collaborated with Alternare over the years by participating in workshops and reforestation projects joined in the celebration. This was an opportunity to share their experiences and network in a festive environment. “I have participated in Alternare’s reforestation programs for the past ten years and I’m happy to say that in my community our forest is healthy”, said Señor Santos from the Donaciano Ojeda indigenous community.
At the beginning of the year, Alternare formed a committee to walk through the municipalities where fuel-efficient stoves have been built. The walks offered an opportunity to discuss the challenges they faced while at the same time seeing examples of how other communities are dealing with the same obstacles and improving their lives.
With MBF funding, during December, January, and February three workshops were held with the participation of twenty-four women and eighteen men on how to build fuel-efficient stoves, cisterns, and an important discussion about the importance of soil. A community cistern for eight families was built in Angangueo. Additionally, a member of Alternare’s team gave a talk titled “The Soil” to third grade students in Ocampo. We also monitored and maintained 16,095 pines, oyamels, oaks, ashes, and birches in the school tree nurseries.
Along with Alternare, MBF celebrates twenty years of working together towards monarch and forest conservation and we never forget your generous support which has allowed us to achieve this milestone!
Children at the "M. Butterfly Migration play area"