monarch butterflyIllegal logging has practically been eliminated in the western Mexico wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly, according to a report released in August.

The government, environmental groups and private donors have spent millions of dollars to encourage residents of forest communities in the butterfly reserve to plant trees and start ecotourism businesses.

The successful anti-logging patrols and payments to rural residents may help solve other forestry conflicts throughout the country.

(READ the AP story in the New York Times)

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