The Tomphinks: A Wealth of Wilderness
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Business, Politics, and the Largest Nature Preserve in the World. Douglas and Kristine Tompkins retired from the business world and moved to sout… Read More
Business, Politics, and the Largest Nature Preserve in the World. Douglas and Kristine Tompkins retired from the business world and moved to southern Chile in 1992, fully dedicating themselves and their considerable fortunes (a budget of $170 million) to the struggle for environmental preservation. Today, they own the largest private natural preserve in the world. Read Less
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Business, Politics, and the Largest Nature Preserve in the World.
"The ecosystem integrity has been compromised. There are ways that you can lend nature a hand to restore itself. Our efforts seem big to people, but in relationship to the dimensions of this planet, they are nothing. If there were ten thousand people doing this, at this scale, it would change the whole face of the planet."

-Douglas Tompkins, February 2005.
Douglas and Kristine Tompkins in front of their house in Fiordo Reihue, Palena Kristine: For this kind of life you really have to be headed the same direction. If I die tomorrow I would know that I got to live this extraordinary time...
Douglas Tompkins being interviewed by Canal Arte (the franco-german Tv channel) in his property in Fiordo Reihue, Pumalin Park, Chile. "I come from the school where the development of the human economy doesn't mean to develop every square meter of land..."
Krisine Tompkins takes a break, from office work, to play with her dog Huaso in the kitchen floor of their house in Fiordo Reihue, Palena Province, Chile.
Douglas Tompkins working at the nursery of Pumalin Park. There are more than 5000 trees for reforestation purposes, all are native spices like: alerce, cypress...
Kristine Tompkins prepares Cherries preserves with cherries from their organic gardens.
Douglas Tompkins and Francisco (the Architect) working.
Monte Leon Park was bought by Kristine Tompkins foundation (Conservacion Patagonica) and donated as a National Park. Monte Leon is the first coastal park in Argentina with 31 miles of coastline.
To the left Douglas Tompkins piloting around the property in Valle Chacabuco, south of Chile. He photographs the land as documents of the work. To his right Juan, one of his workers.
Kristine in Valle Chacabuco (173.000 acres), Chile. This is the last piece of land purchased by her foundation: "Conservacion Patagonica". KT: "The day we finally sign the purchase for Valchac, in July 2004, after a whole year of hard negotiations..."
Low tide landscape in Reihue Fiord,Pumalin Park, Palena province, Chile.DT: "I feel a profound sadness because I know that things that should be sacred are being driven to extinction. What do you do in life to pay your rent for living in the planet..."