Validity of Monarch Sanctuary Deforestation Claims

Paul Cherubini monarch at
Thu Dec 22 00:24:29 EST 2005

The largest monarch colony in Mexico is the El Rosario
Monarch Sanctuary

In Feb. 2005, several monarch scientists said the
following about the Sierra Campanario (El Rosario Monarch
Sanctuary) forest in this report:

"until recent years the forest has been relatively dense"
"ongoing culling of the trees in the area has opened the forest
and created microclimate conditions that the butterflies do not

Now look at actual photos of the Sierra Campanario (El
Rosario) forest I took in 1990 vs 2005:

Distant shot:

Closer shot:

Closest shots:

Does anyone see any change in forest cover / forest density
between the 1990 and 2005 photos?

Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.


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