Conservation in Patagonia: Managing The World’s Largest Land Donation

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Decades ago, Kristine and Doug Tompkins built businesses, including The North Face and Patagonia clothing brands, which reflected their environmental ethics. In addition to being models of corporate responsibility they were also incredibly successful.

So successful, in fact, that by the early 1990s the couple was able to move to southern Chile to focus their time and wealth on protecting the natural world. Over a quarter-century, until Doug’s death last year, they acquired more than 2.1 million acres of land for permanent conservation, including Pumalín Park, a 715,000-acre piece of Chilean rainforest considered the largest privately held preserve operated as a public park.