This is a mountain near where monarch butterflies from Vermont (and elsewhere) over-winter in Mexico. It was almost completely deforested. Our friend, Jose Luis Alvarez JLA (through his non-profit, Forests for Monarchs) has given thousands of trees to the local community in his quest to restore this and other forests. You can see he’s made great progress but there is still a lot of work to be done (the monarch population is down 90% due primarily to habitat loss).
Our Partnership with Forests for Monarchs & JLA
A Documentary Film About Forest Restoration
A Patchwork of Restored Woodlands
Butterfly Tours for FFM Supporters
Visit the El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary
Ride a Horse Up the Mountain to El Rosario
Enjoy Authentic Mexican Food
Customize Your Tour
Support Forests for Monarchs FFM
Jose Luis Alvarez and his family work tirelessly to reforest these special woodlands in Mexico but they need our help. The FFM tree nursery has capacity to supply 3 million trees/year for urgently needed forest restoration projects. But FFM must rely on volunteers and donations to fuel the nursery, as government support has waned. Please consider supporting FFM by donating or taking a monarch tour.
Arrange a Monarch Tour Today
Contact me in the comments section or on Facebook if you’re interested in visiting El Rosario and/or supporting Forests for Monarchs. Thanks for reading!
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She is a CEO who brakes for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels and spent her vacation building furniture for a rural school in Costa Rica. She believes in the future and in the people who will build it. A former distance-learning professor at Tulane University with a master’s in environmental health & safety, she turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business. She delivers rainforest statistics at breakneck speed, but knows how to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a newly finished piece of heirloom furniture.