Monday, June 3, 2013

Argentina's Perito Moreno National Park is now 37,000 acres larger!

The dramatic and still un-climbed south face of San Lorenzo,
now part of Perito Moreno National Park
When a famous conservationist donates over 37,000 acres to significantly expand an already spectacular national park, this should be BIG NEWS! But amazingly, Doug and Kris Tompkins's huge land donation to the Perito Moreno National Park in Argentina, one of the most visited and beloved in Patagonia, hasn't generated much press at all. Kudos to Wildland Adventure's Kirsten Gardner for blogging about the great news and detailing one of the largest grants of land in Argentine history!

Here's the official news on the Conservacion Patagonica blog. Congratulations and thanks Doug and Kris!
"In an official ceremony with the Ministry of Tourism and the National Parks Administration, Conservacion Patagonica donated Estancia El Rincon to the national parks system of Argentina today. In the northwest area of the Santa Cruz Province, the 37,500-acre El Rincon will expand Perito Moreno National Park. El Rincon encompasses the L├ícteo River Valley, which provides access to the dramatic—and still-unclimbed—south face of San Lorenzo, Patagonia’s second-highest peak.  Its granite walls and iconic pyramidal form make it the “Everest” of the region."

Doug Tompkins's at an official ceremony with the
Ministry of Tourism and the National Parks Administration

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