Investor Douglas Tompkins is Creating a Future Patagonian National Park

Douglas Tompkins—the founder of Esprit and The North Face—is using his fortune to build massive national parks in Chile and Argentina. But what he sees as philanthropy, local ranchers see as meddling. Everyone in Patagonia is talking about: Conservación Patagonica, the latest addition to the world’s largest private conservation project. Fifteen years ago, in the June 1999 issue of The Atlantic, William Langewiesche wrote about Tompkins’s first major venture into conservation in Chile, describing both…
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