Cloud Forest Ecosystem, Veracruz, Mexico

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Cloud Forest Ecosystem, Veracruz, Mexico


THE STATE OF VERACRUZ, LOCATED ON THE GULF SIDE OF MEXICO, IS known for the large number of birds that migrate to the area. An astonishing 67 percent of the 341 migratory species registered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pass through or winter in Veracruz. Many of these birds find homes in the Veracruz cloud forest during their migration. The forest is known for being the most biodiverse in Mexico. It is considered an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society and a national priority terrestrial and hydrological region. However, it is also one of the most vulnerable regions, which is one reason why American Forests is helping restoration projects in the area. Today, only 10 percent of the forest remains as a result of fragmentation from urbanization, subsistence agriculture and cattle ranching. Tree-planting and forest-restoration efforts in the forest are essential to the survival of the many North American bird species that travel to and through Veracruz every year.

Since 2010, American Forest has supported the efforts of Pronatura Veracruz, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve flora, fauna and priority ecosystems in Veracruz. This year's project with Pronatura will plant 60,000 trees in the cloud forest ecosystem in the highlands of central Veracruz. …

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