Tompkins Conservation Parklands Projects
Under the leadership of Kris Tompkins, the Tompkins Conservation team has completed numerous land and wildlife protection projects in Chile and Argentina and is presently spearheading several others.
CURRENT FLAGSHIP EFFORTS INCLUDE:
In the remote reaches of southern Chile’s Aysén Region, a once-overgrazed sheep and cattle ranch now protects an abundance of rebounding wildlife, glaciated peaks, and Patagonian steppe grasslands. The future Patagonia National Park is one of the largest grassland restoration projects in the world. After more than a dozen years of work to assemble the lands, bolster wildlife populations, and build world-class public-access infrastructure, Kris and her team are poised to donate the “Yellowstone of South America” to Chile’s national park system. This park is a keystone of Chile’s vision for the Carretera Austral (southern highway) to become the “Route of Parks” –17 national parks stretching to the tip of Cape Horn – which will promote regional conservation-driven economic development at an unprecedented scale.
One of the wildest and most pristine wilderness areas left on Earth, the 725,000-acre Pumalín Park is the result of Kris and Doug Tompkins’s decades-long effort to create the world’s largest private nature reserve open for public recreation. Located in Palena Province of south Chile, the park stretches from the fjords of the Pacific coast to the height of the Andes. Protecting pristine Valdivian temperate rainforest, Pumalín Park contains trails, campgrounds, and public facilities that welcome thousands of visitors a year and provide an economic engine to the local community.
In the great Iberá marshlands of Corrientes Province, Argentina, one of the most expansive freshwater wetlands in South America, Kris and her team are securing habitat, helping rewild the landscape by reintroducing missing native species such as giant anteaters and tapirs, and contributing to the welfare of neighboring communities by promoting an ecotourism-based economy. The donation of privately acquired lands has just prompted the creation of a new Iberá National Park that will further boost wildlife-oriented tourism, and also set the stage for future release of captive bred jaguars, helping the area’s largest wild cat come home to its rightful place in Iberá.