The dialogue that began between Bob Small and Jose Luis in 1996
has developed into a close working relationship between the MRF
and LCHPP. The two organizations cooperate to run the Monarch Overwintering
Area Reforestation Program (MOARP). MOARP provides trees to individuals
and communities for both forest restoration and for the establishment
of alternative sources of timber. This two pronged approach addresses
both the fact of the degraded forest and the local need for timber
Both kinds of reforestation projects are important and must continue.
Reforestation has increased each year. The four families who planted
7,200 seedlings in 1997 were joined by twenty-one more in 1998 who
planted 39,000 seedlings. Sixty families planted over 100,000 seedlings
in 1999. 200,000 more seedlings were planted in June and July of
2000 when a major shift took place - five other communities or ejidos
became a part of the reforestation effort. Ejido El Rosario and
Ocampo have even decided to use some of their commonly owned land
to plant seedlings rather than planting corn.