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!Monarch Reserve!

Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Chincua Mountain near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle–Already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared.

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Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Chincua Mountain near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle–Already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared.

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Men use chainsaws and heavy equipment to cut large trees in the miombo woodland that forms the ‘buffer zone’ around the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa. This buffer zone is being logged and is largely devoid of game.

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Men use chainsaws and heavy equipment to cut large trees in the miombo woodland that forms the ‘buffer zone’ around the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa. This buffer zone is being logged and is largely devoid of game.

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Men use chainsaws and heavy equipment to cut large trees in the miombo woodland that forms the ‘buffer zone’ around the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa. This buffer zone is being logged and is largely devoid of game.

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Logging, fires and charcoal, are detrimental to the miambo woodland forest that comprises the ‘buffer zone’ between Gorongosa National Park and the Mt. Gorongosa range in Mozambique, Africa.

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The human devastation to the landscape around Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest is growing every year. This is one of only two places remaining with mountain gorillas. Slash and burn agriculture continues to assault Bwindi from all sides.

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A clear-cut in Salmon National Forest, Idaho. The reserve covers a 1.8- million -acre tract.

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This bird earned questionable notoriety as a job buster. It is the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis), listed as threatened in 1990; it w as expected to cause thousands of job losses by disrupting logging in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. The actual cost of protection to the regional economy is not yet known.

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Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Sierra Chincua (Chincua mountain) near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle: already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared.

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Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Sierra Chincua (Chincua mountain) near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle: already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared.

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Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Sierra Chincua (Chincua mountain) near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle: already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared.

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Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Sierra Chincua (Chincua mountain) near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle: already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared.

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Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Sierra Chincua (Chincua mountain) near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle: already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared.

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Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Sierra Chincua (Chincua mountain) near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle: already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared.

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Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Sierra Chincua (Chincua mountain) near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle: already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared.

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Joel Sartore on assignment at Sierra Chincua in Mexico, home to the world’s largest gathering of monarch butterflies.

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Logging has taken its toll on a former wintering roost for monarch butterflies near Angangueo, Mexico.

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Logging has taken its toll on a former wintering roost for monarch butterflies near Angangueo, Mexico.

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Logging has taken its toll on a former wintering roost for monarch butterflies near Angangueo, Mexico.

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Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Sierra Chincua (Chincua mountain) near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle: already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared.

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Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Sierra Chincua (Chincua mountain) near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle: already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared.

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Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Sierra Chincua (Chincua mountain) near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle: already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared.

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Monarchs (Danaus plexippus) in the Sierra Chincua sanctuary, Mexico.

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Aerial view of clear-cut logging in Idaho’s Salmon National Forest.

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Captive northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) in a clearcut near Merlin, Oregon. Habitat loss and climate change are the two primary factors leading to the extinction of species. (US: Threatened)

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A slivaculturist stands beside a 300+ ft. tall Douglas fir at the Willamette Nat’l Forest in Oregon.

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A “nurse log” in Oregon’s old growth forest nourishes the plants around it as it decays.

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Clear-cutting in the Olympic National Forest, Washington.

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Hiker on a foot path in Wilamette Nat’l Forest (old growth)in Oregon.

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Hiker on a foot path in Wilamette Nat’l Forest (old growth) in Oregon.

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Hiker on a foot path in Wilamette Nat’l Forest (old growth) in Oregon.

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Hiker on a foot path in Wilamette Nat’l Forest (old growth) in Oregon.

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Rafts made of mahogany are smuggled out of Madidi National Park on the Tuichi River (Bolivia.) Groups like EcoBolivia work to educate the locals on the real value of their land in hopes of preventing logging and deforestation.

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Rafts made of mahogany are smuggled out of Madidi National Park on the Tuichi River (Bolivia.) Groups like EcoBolivia work to educate the locals on the real value of their land in hopes of preventing logging and deforestation.

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Rafts made of mahogany are smuggled out of Madidi National Park on the Tuichi River (Bolivia.) Groups like EcoBolivia work to educate the locals on the real value of their land in hopes of preventing logging and deforestation.

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