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Chile expands Patagonia national parks with Tompkins Foundation donation

Saturday, April 15th 2017 - 08:10 UTC
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Chile set aside 11 million acres of land for national parks aided by the largest private land donation from a private entity to a country. The conservation effort of the Tompkins Foundation helped pave the way for Chile to greatly expand its conservation of the pristine Patagonia wilderness. Read full article

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  • The Voice

    Hows about that Nostrils, Stink/Voice and various other RG trolls? Altruistic 'Anglo' funding of natural resources that everyone can enjoy. Nothing to match that in RGland...Wonder why?

    Apr 15th, 2017 - 09:33 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Think

    Geeeeeeee.... Already 16 months since Don Tompkins went...
    Doug would be happy about this...
    Kristine is happy about this...
    Think is happy too...

    As i wrote back then...:
    ”.... the memory of a recently deceased non Spanish speaking, bright and friendly Anglo Expat in Chile...
    Danka, myself and many other Patagonians were, at the beginning, VERY sceptical about Mr. Tompkins true intentions...
    CIA agent..?, MOSSAD..?, richy rich psycho besserwissende outsider..?
    None of it... Just a good person whose actions and acomplishments spoke and still speak more clearly than any suspicion and paranoia....
    He proved us all wrong...
    Here, one of my favourite magical places...
    One of the many that he was instrumental in saving for posterity...:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_León_National_Park
    Saludos...
    El Think
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_León_National_Park

    Apr 15th, 2017 - 11:12 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • golfcronie

    Think says, “ He proved us all wrong ”. “ us ” no he proved YOU wrong, I had no doubts. Think speaking for every one methinks?

    Apr 15th, 2017 - 07:44 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • DemonTree

    It's nice to see some good news for once. Also, bigger than Denmark? Damn, there's so much space down there. Maybe Chile and Argentina could benefit from some more immigration from the very overpopulated England? ;)

    Apr 15th, 2017 - 11:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Markič

    Guess what? You're still wrong. Tompkins was another Ugly American, using his hundreds of millions to buy off politicians and media in order to leave his scent on other countries instead of practicing his so-called do-goodness in his own country. He didn't work to preserve “pristine” Patagonia anything but that is just another example of the press he bought off. He took productive lands off the tax rolls and threw people out of their work. He built a resort in the Chacabuco valley so high-dollar folks could have their hundred-dollar lunches there (I managed to get away with a cheap 20,000 peso sandwich lunch there once). Tompkins was famous in Aysen for flouting the law and laughing about it. He regularly skirted the tax laws and violated the immigration and customs laws in Chile. He didn't think his fleet of private airplanes was inconsistent with his “deep ecology” message. His attorneys did all they could to prevent important public works projects and caused the national government enormous additional costs. Tompkins' shady attorneys cheated many people, mostly poor people, out of the land they had lived on and believed was theirs. All that press that their little organization bought and continues to buy shows pictures of pretty places not even connected to any Tompkins activity, in just propaganda. Chile had already set aside an enormous amount of land in natural reserves and parks but Tompkins' propaganda makes it sound like he did it all (Chile set aside nearly 20% of its territory in natural reserves without Tompkins). And none of you has the interest or ability to learn what Tompkins was really made of. Probably don't even know that what killed Tompkins was his own arrogance during an illegal kayaking trip and that their enormous political clout kept the guilty trip operators from even being seriously investigated. Because if you're a clever and enormously wealthy American outfit you can get away with that sort of thing in Chile.

    Apr 16th, 2017 - 03:46 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Think

    Anglo Turnip Martillazo (aka Markič) just above...

    As I said to you in 2015...:
    ”... Luckily..., I will still be able to (god willing and the Virgin Mary permitting :-) to packraft down our pristine Rio Baker.... thanks to people like Douglas Tompkins...”
    http://en.mercopress.com/2015/12/09/renowned-conservationist-doug-tompkins-dies-during-kayak-accident-in-chilean-patagonia/comments#comment423570

    Enjoy...

    Apr 16th, 2017 - 08:27 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • ElaineB

    @ Markic

    That was a nasty rant but what you fail to mention is the Chilean elite families (The Big Families) do much the same. So are you really angry that an American had wealth and influence or do you have a general hatred and envy?

    Apr 17th, 2017 - 11:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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