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Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico

by Monarch Butterfly Fund
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Community Conservation of Monarch Forest in Mexico
Tree Nursery at a School in El Santisimo
Tree Nursery at a School in El Santisimo

Our summer reforestation is complete! Our local partner in Mexico, Alternare, was joined by 700 hundred members from 7 local communities and planted 27,835 trees in 20 hectares of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve’s buffer zone.

Communities were excited and enthusiastic taking care the seedlings were planted properly and in the locations they selected themselves. Plans to monitor and protect the recently forested areas are underway with local surveillance committees instituted to make sure the trees are safe from loggers.  Local engagement has proved to be the most successful strategy prompting communities to take ownership of conservation and stewardship of their forests.

But that is not all! We also held a workshop to construct a cistern for a community with the participation of 2 women and 12 men and another7 workshops to build fuel-efficient stoves with 59 women and 3 men. We built 56 stoves! Proudly standing by a completed stove for her family, a participant expressed her satisfaction: “Building this stove will enable me to spend time with my family and keep them healthy because we don’t have as much smoke and we are saving wood.”

Thank you very much for your generous support which is making all this possible. We are looking forward to an overwintering season with a higher population of monarchs!

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Family from Manzanillos in front of their stove
Family from Manzanillos in front of their stove
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Family working together sorting the pines
Family working together sorting the pines

Reforestation for 2015 has started, before the rainy season catches up to us! Local communities and schools, along with our local partner Alternare, are in the forest, busy planting trees.  

During June, 9,042 trees were planted in 8.5 hectares at Carpinteros, Francisco Serrato, Cresencio Morales, Nicolás Romero and Donaciano Ojeda. Pine, oak, oyamel and honeysuckle seedlings from the 23 tree nurseries established and maintained by the communities were used. We continue seeking ways to optimize our reforestation strategy and tree survival rates, so we planted some trees using the organic fertilizer known as Bokashi to be able to compare their growth with those planted without it.

One of the participants from Francisco Serrato, who has been in charge of the reforestation in his community since 2007, enthusiastically told us, “We get water and fuel wood from the forest so it’s very important to reforest, we are giving the forest back what it so generously gives us.”

We also continued with our other activities holding 3 workshops on how to produce trees with the participation of 39 women and 14 men who produced 3,860 trees.

We are very excited to have more and more communities joining us helping us recover the forest and improving the situation for the monarchs.

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Taking the seedlings to the forest
Taking the seedlings to the forest
Reforestation leader digs to plant seedling
Reforestation leader digs to plant seedling
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Nursery at Crescencio Morales Community
Nursery at Crescencio Morales Community

This year begins with exciting news from our local partner Alternare who continues to thrive. In the first trimester four workshops were held: three on how to build fuel-efficient stoves and one to build a cistern at a school In Rondanilla, Michoacan. The former included 36 women and 18 men who created 10 stoves, benefiting nine families and the Donaciano Ojeda elementary school. The latter included six women and 18 men, a wonderful outpouring of community spirit to help make the stoves and cistern a reality. 

Preparations are now in progress for the upcoming reforestation season as well. Communities and schools are doing an outstanding job maintaining their tree nurseries to have all the seedlings for this summer’s reforestation planting ready. We held a workshop with 16 women and 14 men who produced 2,000 pine, oyamel, oak, ash tree seedlings in the 21 nurseries established by Alternare. A total of 31,371 trees are now under the communities’ care. We plan to reforest 16 hectares in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve’s buffer zone this year and everything looks ready.

The monarchs were late in leaving the overwintering sites in Mexico but they are now heading north to their summer breeding grounds. Preliminary numbers indicate that the monarch population is slowly recovering with increased monarch sightings reported in some parts of Texas. Extended weather forecasts for the northern breeding grounds look favorable and we are all hoping the monarch population will once again expand this year. We’ll keep monitoring their progress as a new generation is born and joins their migration north.

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Nursery at Nicolas Romero Community
Nursery at Nicolas Romero Community
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A family with their new stove
A family with their new stove

This year was a great success for our local partner Alternare, from our reforestation efforts to our ongoing projects. The final 4 months of the year we conducted several workshops:  eight on how to build fuel-efficient stoves with the participation of 101 women and 12 men which resulted in the construction of 79 stoves benefiting 78 families and four workshops training 13 women and 48 men who built 4 cisterns benefiting 61 families.

Esperanza and Laura from “La Gironda” community expressed their delight when completing the stove, “This is really great, I can make tortillas and beans while saving a lot of wood.”

It is too soon to tell but preliminary numbers indicate that the monarch population is recovering compared to last year. We are hopeful and look forward to sharing the good news from the overwintering sites. Thanks for being our conservation partner and we hope you have a good holiday season.

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Putting the finishing touches in the cistern
Putting the finishing touches in the cistern
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A family planting trees together
A family planting trees together

June, July and August were busy months for our local partner Alternare. Collaborating with scientists from the local university and funds from MBF, local communities planted 32,350 trees in 35 hectares in the Buffer Zone of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Planting trees in these areas reduces human pressure on the inner Core Zone where monarchs overwinter and encourages local people to protect and conserve the environment. A third of the seedlings came from community nurseries set up thanks to your donations. The original plan was to plant 32,000 trees in 32 hectares so we were very happy to surpass our goal!

Conservation workshops continued and during the last trimester we carried out 8 workshops to teach 62 women and 14 men how to build fuel-efficient stoves resulting in the construction of 49 stoves for individual families. We also held 4 workshops where 11 women and 54 men built 3 community cisterns and 1 for a family. Stoves decrease the demand for wood from the forest and cisterns help conserve water by collecting and storing rainwater.

Anastacio “Tacho”, a campesino (farmer) and Alternare instructor shared his thoughts about the workshops and the reforestation project:  “I love the campesino-to-campesino (farmer-to-farmer) methodology which allows us to share experiences with community members and academics. With the work we are doing managing and conserving the forest I see a future full of hope with lots of butterflies.

The fall migration is underway and we will have to wait to compare with last year but many people across the breeding range reported seeing more monarchs this year. Like Anastacio, we are full of hope and envision monarchs migrating well into the future. Thank you for being our partners and sharing our vision!

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Preparing the ground to build a stove
Preparing the ground to build a stove
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Monarch Butterfly Fund

Location: Madison, WI - USA
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Monica Missrie
Madison, WI United States
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