At Patagonia Eco Lodge, the central living and dining room are the ideal setting for resting after a day of traveling, hiking, or exploration. You can drink regional wine at the living room bar and enjoy views of looming Mount Tamanguito to the south through expansive paned windows. Nestle into overstuffed sofas, lounge by the fire, or venture to the patio by night to view an endless spread of stars.
The Patagonia Eco Lodge demonstrates great respect for the land and commitment to the environment, which is central to the guest experience. Complementing its surroundings, the Patagonia Eco Lodge is built from stone quarried in the Chacabuco Valley. Its high beams and floors come from recycled and refurbished wood, and its lush grounds welcome frequent and personal wildlife encounters. We make a concerted effort to use mostly organic and biodegradable cleaning products. The park is moving toward a 100% renewable energy system, which will make it the first energy-independent park in the world.
At the Patagonia Eco Lodge, every building has been constructed with the highest level of attention paid to creating place-appropriate, locally styled, sustainable spaces that encourage a sense of permanence and beauty in all who come to visit.
In building the future Patagonia National Park, we are not just restoring land and protecting wildlife, but providing a stunning, engaging, and accessible park experience for visitors from around the world to appreciate the wild beauty of Patagonia. Conservacion Patagonica is engaged in building and maintaining public access infrastructure that will enable visitors to the park and the Patagonia Eco Lodge to enjoy this vast and vibrant landscape. By providing you, the visitor with an intimate and exciting experience in wild nature, we hope to inspire a greater conservation ethos that will promote better environmental stewardship far beyond the boundaries of the future park.
We love Patagonia—it’s one of the wildest places left on Earth, where there’s a chance to protect ecosystems at scale and demonstrate how conservation can benefit communities. Yet this region has come under attack as outside industries seek to exploit these precious natural resources for short-term gain. Looking globally, we see that the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of ecosystems threaten to eliminate thousands of species and destabilize the ecosystems on which humanity depends. As conservation biologists affirm, our best shot at reversing this trend is to protect large tracts of habitat areas, recover damaged ecosystems, and work with local communities.
Our strategy? Creating national parks in collaboration with neighboring communities and local, regional, and national governments. Why? Because these flagship national parks will save and restore wildlands and wildlife.
Under ever-increasing pressure, wildlands and wildlife disappear by the day: human activity now dominates 43% of Earth’s land surface and affects twice that area. The planet is now experiencing the most massive wave of extinctions since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The potential loss of as many as 30-50% of all species by mid-century severely threatens the stability of all ecosystems and life on earth. By creating a new, large-scale protected area, we're making strides toward reversing these trends, while saving one of the planet's most stunningly beautiful places.
Conservacion Patagonica heeds the recommendation of conservation biologists worldwide: protect large tracks of productive habitat that will support healthy wildlife populations and provide space for adaptation to a changing climate. Patagonia remains one of the world's last vast expanses of open space, offering a rare opportunity to conserve key habitat on a biologically significant scale. In the creation of Patagonia National Park, our current major initiative, our land conservation goal is securing permanent protection for 650,000 acres in this biologically critical area.
Our organization is part of the Tompkins Conservation family of organizations, established by entrepreneurs-turned-conservationists Kristine and Douglas Tompkins to establish new protected areas, recover imperiled species, implement organic agriculture, support leading-edge activism, and promote healthy communities. Conservacion Patagonica itself is a small team, but many thousands more throughout the world have joined in this project in one form or another, be it volunteering with ecosystem restoration, donating, spreading the word, serving as supportive neighbors, or lending expertise.
It's our stellar team of conservationists, who bring a variety of skills and backgrounds to the project, that lets us tackle the creation of new parks.
In 2000, Kristine Tompkins founded Conservacion Patagonica. The former longtime CEO of the Patagonia clothing company, Kris has lived in South America for two decades, working full time on land and wildlife conservation projects. Business luminaries, environmental advocates, and scientific pioneers guide our board of directors and our science advisory board. Working in the Chacabuco Valley, our all-Chilean team includes wildlife biologists, animal trackers, restoration specialists, architects, landscapers, construction workers, teachers, volunteer program coordinators, and chefs. Our satellite U.S. office in San Francisco, CA, focuses on outreach, communications, and development.
Our generous supporters, key partners in this project, enable us to work on this globally significant scale.
Foundations such as the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, the Arcadia Fund, the Butler Conservation Fund, the Grantham Foundation, the JAF Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Wallace Genetic Foundation, the Weeden Foundation, and Patagonia, Inc, along with hundreds of individual donors, have contributed to this initiative, helping us cross the midway point in this ambitious project.
Volunteers, interns, visiting experts, and neighbors lend a hand in transforming the Chacabuco Valley from estancia to park.
There are threatened species to monitor, restoration techniques to study, trails to build, new sectors to to map, fences to remove, exotic species to control, trees to plant, children to teach, people to feed...the list continues, and we're immensely grateful to the hundreds of people who have put their skills to use toward the creation of a park visitors will enjoy for generations to come.
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