In early January, Doug Tompkins joined Chilean president Sebastian Piñera in the country’s southernmost region as the President officially designated the new Yendegaia National Park. Despite some wet weather, the group managed to arrive within the bounds of the new park for a brief but energetic ceremony.
In his speech, Piñera thanked Tompkins Conservation for the land donation, reflecting that “this park has been created thanks to the efforts of Douglas Tompkins and his wife Kris, who have donated around 38,000 hectares to the Chilean State. This, combined with a further 112,000 hectares of State-owned land, will make up the Yendegaia National Park.” More on his remarks here.
Our team felt proud of this historic moment, as creating a new national park requires close collaboration with numerous governmental authorities and demands careful management and strategy. The completion of this donation represents a very positive step toward partnering with the Chilean government to create other national parks down the line!