Patience wears thin for founder of private park


In June of last year, former clothing entrepreneur Douglas Tompkins of the United States got fed up with the Chilean government’s delays in deciding whether to confer nature-sanctuary status on the huge private park he has assembled in southern Chile. Nor did he enjoy the relentless attacks by opponents ranging from nationalist politicians, who call him a threat to Chile’s sovereignty, to salmon farmers, who claim his 742,000-acre (300,000-hectare) Pumalín Park would straitjacket the local economy. So Tompkins’ office faxed a statement to the Chilean media suggesting he might drop his request for the nature-sanctuary designation, a move that could have ended chances for government involvement in the park’s oversight and protection. The faxes found their mark. The government pledged it... [Log in to read more]

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