OWCC to Host Discussion on Monarch Butterflies
Jose Luis Alvarez is Mexican tree nurseryman who has been growing trees for reforestation projects for decades. He created Forests For Monarchs (FFM), also known as La Cruz Habitat Protection Program, in 1997, an innovative non-profit designed to restore the monarch butterfly’s forest habitat and at the same time give indigenous people a desperately-needed source of wood for cooking, heating and building houses.
Peggy Farabaugh, founder and owner of Vermont Woods Studios, an online sustainable furniture store specializing in eco-friendly, handmade wood furniture from Vermont, sponsored an educational tour this summer for Alvarez aound the northeast.
On Thursday, October 20, at 7 p.m., Farabaugh will share what she learned from him about FFM and the decline of the monarch butterfly population, along with their evolution, migration, deforestation and reforestation, US habitat issues, threats and future predictions. The discussion will be held at One World Conservation Center, 413 Route 7 South, Bennington.
Farabaugh 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. A former distance-learning instructor at Tulane University with a master’s degree in environmental health and safety, she turned her interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business.