ongoing land conservation efforts, Conservacion Patagonica (formerly The
Patagonia Land Trust) has announced the purchase of a 170,000-acre property in
southern Chile as part of an ambitious project to create a Chilean national
park comparable in splendor to Grand Teton National Park in the United States.
Estancia Valle Chacabuco,
located 20 miles north of Cochrane in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, and
bordering two national reserves, is in an area that is home to one of the
world’s largest Huemel deer populations. The protection of this habitat has
the potential to help bring this mammal back from the brink of extinction.
That, combined with the natural beauty of the property’s foothills and valleys
along with sweeping views of the surrounding alpine mountains, provides an
extraordinary opportunity to create a world-class national park.
secured the funds to purchase this property through the combined efforts of
donors including Patagonia, Inc., the clothing company owned by Yvon and
Malinda Chouinard; Peter Buckley, chairman of the David Brower Center in
Berkeley, California; Tom Strickler, founder of Endeavor, a Los Angeles-based
talent and literary agency; Rich and Elizabeth Salem of the San Miguel
Conservation Foundation in Telluride, Colorado; Dan and Rae Emmett of Santa
Monica, California; and Charles Carroll of Rowayton, Connecticut.
founder and director, Kristine Tompkins, said the organization has already
begun discussions to donate this property immediately to CONAF, the Chilean
national parks administration, in an effort to designate this property as a
national park, while simultaneously signing an agreement with CONAF giving
Conservacion Patagonica a seven-to-ten-year period to orchestrate the clean up
and restoration of the property.
“As a national
park, Valle Chacabuco should prove to be as good as the Tetons,” said Yvon
The push to establish a new
national park around the acquisition, restoration and protection of Estancia
Valle Chacabuco is in addition to Conservacion Patagonica’s ongoing
conservation work at Estancias Monte León, Dor-Aike and El Rincón.
Monte León, on
the southern coast of Argentina’s Santa Cruz Province, was donated to National
Parks of Argentina in 2002, creating the first-ever coastal national park in
Conservacion Patagonica, a
California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection,
restoration and maintenance of wildland ecosystems and biodiversity in the
Patagonia region, is in the midst of a fundraising effort to continue these
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