Conservación Patagónica and Douglas Tompkins: A Legacy on Natural Restoration in Latin America
Douglas and Kristine pioneered conservation and restoration in Patagonia. Together they bought and protected almost one million hectares of wilderness in Chile and Argentina, the two countries which the region spans, whichttps://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2010/01/23/patagonia_grasslands_park/h is more land than any other private individuals. The majority of this land was acquired for the creation of national parks.
Dedicated to ecosystem restoration, with the goal of saving biodiversity, they began the future Patagonia National Park project in 2004. This major initiative of CP has already enjoyed success in four main areas: buying land, restoring biodiversity, building public access and engaging communities.
In December 2015, Douglas tragically died in a kayaking accident on Lake General Carrera, Southern Chile. Co-founder of outdoor company North Face and clothing brand Esprit, he had given up his corporate lifestyle in 1989 to put his fortunes into saving South American ecosystems.
Paula, a Chilean magazine, published an interview with Tompkins, shortly before he died. When asked about his legacy, he said, “People will walk on these lands. Don’t you think that’s more beautiful than a tomb?”
Douglas is survived by his wife Kris who continues his legacy of natural restoration and conservation work in Chile and Argentina. CP has pledged to restore and conserve around one million hectares of Patagonian land as part of Initiative 20x20.