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Conservacion Patagonica is a dynamic community of people who share one thing: a commitment to the wild future of Patagonia.

Our organization is part of the Tompkins Conservation family of organizations, established by entrepreneurs-turned-conservationists Kristine and Douglas Tompkins to establish new protected areas, recover imperiled species, implement organic agriculture, support leading-edge activism, and promote healthy communities. Conservacion Patagonica itself is a small team, but many thousands more throughout the world have joined in this project in one form or another, be it volunteering with ecosystem restoration, donating, spreading the word, serving as supportive neighbors, or lending expertise.

It's our stellar team of conservationists, who bring a variety of skills and backgrounds to the project, that lets us tackle the creation of new parks.

In 2000, Kristine Tompkins founded Conservacion Patagonica. The former longtime CEO of the Patagonia clothing company, Kris has lived in South America for two decades, working full time on land and wildlife conservation projects. Business luminaries, environmental advocates, and scientific pioneers guide our board of directors and our science advisory board. Working in the Chacabuco Valley, our all-Chilean team includes wildlife biologists, animal trackers, restoration specialists, architects, landscapers, construction workers, teachers, volunteer program coordinators, and chefs. Our satellite U.S. office in San Francisco, CA, focuses on outreach, communications, and development.

Our generous supporters, key partners in this project, enable us to work on this globally significant scale.

Foundations such as the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, the Arcadia Fund, the Butler Conservation Fund, the Grantham Foundation, the JAF Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Wallace Genetic Foundation, the Weeden Foundation, and Patagonia, Inc, along with hundreds of individual donors, have contributed to this initiative, helping us cross the midway point in this ambitious project.

Volunteers, interns, visiting experts, and neighbors lend a hand in transforming the Chacabuco Valley from estancia to park.

There are threatened species to monitor, restoration techniques to study, trails to build, new sectors to map, fences to remove, exotic species to control, trees to plant, children to teach, people to feed...the list continues, and we're immensely grateful to the hundreds of people who have put their skills to use toward the creation of a park visitors will enjoy for generations to come.


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