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Home Topics in Depth Science And Environment Former Patagonia CEO donates 1 million acres of parkland to Chile

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    Former Patagonia CEO donates 1 million acres of parkland to Chile

    Former Patagonia CEO donates 1 million acres of parkland to Chile

    Alene Tchekmedyian
    MARCH 14, 2017 7:25 PM
    Kristine Tompkins and her late husband started buying and conserving land in South America more than two decades ago.

    Over the years, the couple — who had run the clothing companies Patagonia Inc., North Face and Esprit — had a hand in conserving more than 3.4 million acres of land in Chile and Argentina, personally investing $345 million in park projects and philanthropic work.

    Now, Tompkins, a California native, is donating 1 million of those acres to Chile as part of an agreement with the Chilean government to expand the country’s national parkland. That park space is three times the size of Los Angeles.

    Under the agreement, signed Wednesday by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, the government is kicking in an additional 10 million acres of federally owned land for national park designation, according to the Tompkins Conservation.

     

     

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