March and April Newsletter from the future Patagonia National Park

Straight from Chile’s Chacabuco Valley: news, views, and updates from the Patagonia National Park project. April in Patagonia is one of our favorite times: new snow accumulates by the day on the park’s high peaks, and lenga trees have  turned deep red. In the past two months, we’ve made extensive progress on our trail network, on the first official campground, and on the park headquarters.   We’ve gathered new information on pumas through using camera traps, developed educational partnerships, and more. Click the links to read the full stories on our blog.  As always, we’re grateful to the staff, supporters, volunteers, and friends bringing this park into existence.  To contribute, visit www.conservacionpatagonica.org or click here. 

Patagonia Sin Represas! In the upcoming weeks, the Chilean government will issue a decision on HydroAysen’s proposal to construct five mega-dams on the Baker and Pascua Rivers.  Our team helped organize protests, including one on the shores of the Baker.

Through our new partnership with Round River Conservation Studies, starting in January 2012, college students from the US and Chile will spend a semester focusing on restoration ecology in the future park.

As a continuation of our puma monitoring project, our wildlife recovery team set up camera traps near puma kill sites and gathered new footage and data about their predation patterns.

Our volunteer program, revamped and reorganized this season, achieved great success in ecosystem restoration.  After over a month with us, Katie Heineman gives the inside scoop on life as a volunteer.

To show at local festivals, town halls, and community events, we created a short video about our team creating Patagonia National Park, highlighting their transitions to conservation and new roles at Conservacion Patagonica.

An Interview with New Park Superintendent: Dagoberto Guzman, along with his wife Alejandra and children, has joined our team at the future Patagonia National Park, bringing  years of experience managing Pumalin Park.

 An Associated Press feature story about Argentina’s Monte Leon National Park, Conservacion Patagonica’s first initiative, ran in newspapers across the U.S., presenting it as a wild destination and inspiring conservation story.

Conservacion Patagonica presented at Harvard University on April 18th, packing the auditorium and inspiring the young crowd to join in the Patagonia National Park project specifically and conservation in general.

Species Profile: Old Man’s Beard Lichen

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