Opportunity for Alternatives

In creating Patagonia National Park, Conservacion Patagonica aims to accomplish more than the protection of the 650,000 acres within the park—although achieving that alone has sizable impacts. The park will serve as an anchor for the region in the transition away from ranching towards ecotourism while making a globally significant contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

“We are not fighting a rear-guard action, we are facing a frontier. We are not slowing down a force that inevitably will destroy all the wilderness there is. We are generating another force, never to be wholly spent, that, renewed generation after generation, will be always effective in preserving wilderness. We are not fighting progress. We are making it. We are not dealing with a vanishing wilderness. We are working for a wilderness forever.”

—Howard Zahniser