Dec 18, 2015
By Michael Kramer
A Mexican environmentalist says illegal loggers have clear-cut at least 10 hectares in the monarch butterflies’ wintering grounds – in central Mexico.
And writer and activist Homero Aridjis says the illegal logging continued unchecked between April and August – in one of the most important areas of the monarch reserve.
Officials had said earlier that the reserve lost about 9 hectares – due to illegal logging this year, and said a number of arrests were made.
Illegal logging in Mexico had decreased to almost zero in 2012.
The butterflies depend on the pine and fir forests west of Mexico City – to shelter them against cold and rain.