Validity of Monarch Sanctuary Deforestation Claims

Paul Cherubini monarch at
Thu Dec 22 14:21:25 EST 2005

Stan Gorodenski wrote:
> It looks like there was a fire burning from somewhere - in the reserve?
> - when you took the 2005 photo. It also looks like there were some
> pretty strong winds.

No fire or smoke.  The 1990 shot was taken in the afternoon
with the sun low in the sky so the trunks of the trees show up 

In any case, I can't see any change in forest cover / forest density
between the 1990 and 2005 photos.  So I am wondering why 11 
monarch scientists
are telling the public and reporters:

"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

Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.


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