Today, Chile honors Doug Tompkins, the Founder of Tompkins Conservation, by naming his first and most iconic conservation philanthropy project, Pumalín Park, after him. “Pumalín National Park – Douglas R. Tompkins” is larger than the U.S.’s Yosemite National Park, stretches from the heart of the Andes Mountains to the fjords of the Pacific Coast, harbors some of oldest living trees on the planet, and welcomes Chileans and international tourists to appreciate the natural beauty that inspired Doug’s vision. Today’s ceremony marks the final act in creating the Network of Parks of Chilean Patagonia, which establishes over 10 million acres of new national parklands and includes what has been billed as the largest donation of land from a private entity to a country in history.  

While our organization’s focus today is Pumalín, we’re happy to stand alongside marine conservationists as Chile expands its marine protected areas. As the president noted in her speech today, “when we began, about 5% of Chile’s land and sea was protected; today we’ve reached about 38%.” Marine conservation in the Southern Cone is an area of increasing interest to Tompkins Conservation, building on our first foray into marine national parks in Argentina.

Read more on the Tompkins Conservation blog
Pumalín National Park to Carry the Name of its Founder, Douglas Tompkins

President Michelle Bachelet, joined by Kris Tompkins, formally decrees Pumalin National Park - Douglas R. Tompkins at La Moneda Palace in Santiago, Chile, February 27, 2018.
Photo: Government of Chile

      Watch: Douglas R. Tompkins, National Park Champion 

Video by James Q Martin

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