The Patagonian Foundation
PO Box 29113 San Francisco, CA 94129 USA

April 24, 2018

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Current Challenges

Overgrazing is a significant if not the major threat to Patagonian wildlife and habitats. Livestock grazing has resulted in severe desertification of approximately 30% of the steppe. Once a prosperous industry, sheep farming has now become largely unprofitable as the large tracts of damaged land can no longer support the livestock. Wind and water erosion has also increased as the grassland disappears. Efforts to remove the livestock and return the land to its natural state are underway.

In an effort to reverse some of the damage caused by overgazing and return over 173,000 acres to its natural state, TPF has partnered with Conservación Patagónica to help create a new national park in Chile’s Valle Chacabuco. TPF will bring volunteers to Valle Chacabuco on three week trips to help transition 173,000 acres from a working ranch to a new national park. By removing the existing fences and various invasive species, the land will be returned to its natural state and wildlife will regain full access to the land. The project also aims to expand the habitat and population of the endangered huemul deer. For information on this project click on the links below.

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Tourist Infrastructure | Overgrazing | Threatened Habitats and Endangered Species | Salmon Farming | Deforestation | Pet Overpopulation | Waste Management | Industrial Development