Chile Will Get Five New National Parks Thanks to a Record-breaking Land Donation
Chile will soon be seeing new and expanded national parks spreading out throughout the country.
Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, former Patagonia CEO and leader of the Tompkins Conservation, and Michelle Bachelet, Chile's president, came to a new agreement: Tompkins will donate one million acres of land towards Chile's national park system, and the country's government will donate some 10 million acres of federally-owned land towards its national parklands.
This is the largest land donation a private entity has ever given to a country, according to the Tompkins Conservation, at three times the size of both Yosemite and Yellowstone national parks combined.
The proposal includes the addition of five new parks and the expansion of three, with individual park designations taking place throughout the year.
New national parks will include the future Pumalín National Park, stretching for more than 715,000 acres from the heart of the Andes to the fjords of the Palena province, the newly-designated Melimoyu National Park, and the future Patagonia National Park, where visitors will see a range of mountains, grasslands, and crystal-clear waters.
The Cerro Castillo Reserve and Alacalufe Reserve will also be reclassified as national parks to secure greater protection, while the Hornopirén National Park, Corcovado National Park, and Isla Magdalena National Park will be expanded.
The proposal will also help create the new Route of Parks system, which will include 17 national parks that stretch for more than 1,5000 miles from Puerto Montt to Cape Horn, with an array of trails and mesmerizing landscapes to explore
Bachelet has vowed to make the changes before leaving office in March of next year, though designations will need approval from Chile’s National Congress to move forward.
To this date, the Tompkins Conservation has purchased a total of more than 2.1 million acres and donated 591,154 acres towards the conservation and creation of national parks.