Ecological restoration is a “growth industry” and the work of the future: since we humans have degraded so much of the planet, we have almost endless opportunities to return ecosystems to health. While Nature left alone will begin to regain its balance, oftentimes thoughtful, direct actions can jumpstart the restoration process. We find little more rewarding than playing a role in restoring ecosystems, whether in the form of reviving habitat, monitoring wildlife species, or even reintroducing extirpated keystone species.
Bringing order, health, and steady prosperity to local communities represents an important parallel to restoring ecosystems: we see restoration as a broad concept that blurs the divisions between human and Nature in reinstating a more thoughtful relationship between the two.
Compared to most of the planet, the areas of South America where our conservation activity is focused are remarkably wild and intact. Even here, though, there are degraded sites, diminished natural processes, or missing species. Ecological restoration, including actively recovering native species now absent from the landscape, is a natural complement to land protection.
In southern Chile we have created a thriving native species nursery to supply reforestation projects. We are growing and planting the seed stock for future forests that will stand tall a thousand years from now. At the future Patagonia National Park in Chile’s Chacabuco Valley, we are implementing one of the world’s largest grasslands restoration initiatives. And in the Iberá marshlands of northern Argentina, our team has successfully restored imperiled species, including giant anteaters and pampas deer, with jaguars next on the wildlife recovery list.