Future Altavista National Park

Often called "The Heart of Patagonia" by local inhabitants, the wildlands of Altavista are a pristine wilderness in one of the most isolated areas of Patagonia.  Covering the last remaining unprotected stretch of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, this large landscape hosts untrammeled habitat for biodiversity and some of the least-visited wildlands in the southern Aysen Region.

Our primary goal for this project is to facilitate the creation of a national park by working with landowners to purchase private inholdings from willing sellers, place conservation easements on wildlands not available for purchase, restore degraded wildlands, improve wildlife habitat, and protect the area through designation as a new national park.  This future wilderness park hosts habitat for the endangered Huemul deer, permanently protects the threatened Pascua river from mega-hydroelectric projects, and preserves wildlands at a high-level of biological conservation.

The future Altavista National Park will protect over 800,000-acres of wilderness and provide wildlife space for adaptations to a changing climate.  Our park offers a rare opportunity to conserve large tracks of land that support healthy wildlife populations.  We currently have 3,650-acres in our conservation area registry program and continually work to expand protections for private land within the boundaries of our park.

Additionally, we’ve begun work on a long-term Huemul Survey and Monitoring Program. The main objectives of this program will be to determine the abundance of the endangered Huemul across the last unprotected stretch of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and to identify their distribution across the landscape. Furthermore, our research will identify biological corridors essential to connecting separate populations, identify threats facing the species, determine how climate change will alter their behavior, distribution and abundance, and work with local stakeholders to protect this species from extinction.