There has been 45% degradation of the forest canopy in around the Monarch Butterfly's Overwintering areas over the past thirty years. The degradation has been so severe that a severe winter storm in January 2002 killed 75 – 80% of the monarch butterfly population. Reforestation is the core element of restoring healthy ecosystems. And, as if by magic, with the foundation restored, the plants, animals, and people flourish and take their place within the system.

The need for reforestation and protection of the unique overwintering home of the monarch butterflies is vast and urgent. Now there are more requests for trees than are available, not for lack of facilities to grow them, but for lack of funds. With your continued support, the mountains of Michoacan can be reforested, the monarchs protected and the local people offered a dignified, sustainable way of life.