Thursday, August 28, 2014

1-Million Acres Donated To Chilean State for National Parks

Outspoken billionaire environmentalist Douglas Tompkins has defined plans to donate several large tracts of Patagonian wilderness to the Chilean state, the latest and possibly last of the U.S. retired businessman’s grand-scale land gifts in the country.
…plans to transfer the land from the Conservation Land Trust (CLT) — private company set up by Tompkins to manage his numerous estates — to the government would see around 1 million acres of territory passed to the government, under the sole condition it be made into several national parks.
The largest section of the proposed donation, the Pumalín Park, is 742,000 acres of dramatic scenery located at the gateway to Patagonia proper situated in the Los Lagos Region.
…Also likely to be donated is 65,000 acres in the Magallanes Region, named Cabo León, and Ex Estancia Chacabuco, a 200,000 acre tract in the Aysén Region.

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