You get out of bed every morning and you do something.
You act, you step into the fray, and you fight for a human society
that is in balance with the natural world.”

        — Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, International conservationist and former CEO of Patagonia, Inc.

June 8, 2017

Lord Man

John Muir, the great conservationist and early national park advocate, believed that humans were part of the great tapestry of life, not its rulers. He once […]
April 22, 2017

MARCH 15th, 2017, was a big day for Tompkins Conservation

Twenty-five years ago, when my husband, Douglas, bought the first property that would eventually help to make up what is today Pumalín Park, he had an […]
March 2, 2017

The Reading Corner

Over the years Doug and I have been asked to recommend key books many times.  Often this request is tied to the desire to understand whose […]


Continuing the Work

On Dec. 8, 2015, the world lost one of its most ambitious conservationists when Doug Tompkins died following a kayaking accident on Chile's Lago General Carrera. During 25 years of tenacious activism, Doug and Kris have helped create six new national parks and other protected areas in Chile and Argentina, in total securing more than 3.4 million acres. Since Doug's death, Kris has been working full-time to accelerate their life's work saving wildlands and wildlife.

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“I wish my husband Doug, whose vision inspired today’s historic pledge, were here on this memorable day, he would speak of national parks being one of the greatest expressions of democracy that a country can realize, preserving the masterpieces of a nation for all of its citizenry.”
—Kris Tompkins

Read more about this historic pledge
In a world as damaged as the one modern humans are making, ecological restoration is a necessity—both to prevent human-caused extinction of other species and also to support human well-being. For more than two decades, the conservation projects that Kris has lead have included major efforts to heal past damage and help wildlife and natural processes recover. These initiatives include several ambitious projects to reintroduce missing species such as giant anteaters and green-winged macaws to their native habitat. For more information, click here.
Park Creation
Kris and Doug Tompkins have devoted their time, energy, and wealth to making parklands in Argentina and Chile. Why focus on national parks? Because they are the oldest, most durable, and best loved mechanism for permanently protecting exceptional landscapes. They provide indispensable ecological, cultural, and social values, from personal recreation and spiritual renewal to helping develop widespread public support for conservation. They highlight the best attributes a country has to show the world—outstanding beauty, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and noteworthy cultural/archaeological sites. And, as Kris often says, national parks are a democratic institution, open to all regardless of economic or social standing. Rather than keeping privately assembled conservation lands in private ownership, donating them to the national park systems of Chile and Argentina, she says, “establishes these parks for all people, adding to the natural heritage or patrimony of the country.” For more information on Tompkins Conservation’s parklands efforts, click here.
Kris believes deeply that everyone has an obligation to fight for a saner, more just, more beautiful world. As she says, “Whoever you are, wherever your interest lies, whatever you’ve fallen in love with, you get out of bed every morning and you do something. You act, you step into the fray, and you fight for a human society that is in balance with the natural world. We have no choice. Otherwise we might as well kiss our beautiful planet goodbye.” For more on Tompkins Conservation activism, click here.
Ecological Agriculture
Through support of NGOs leading the way toward sustainable agriculture (such as the Land Institute) and their own farm restoration projects, Kris and Doug Tompkins have been deeply involved in ecological agriculture. Through farms and ranches in Chile and Argentina, Kris and Doug pioneered organic farming practices while maintaining extensive areas of wildlife habitat. For more Kris Tompkins’s dedication to ecological agriculture, click here.