North Face Founder’s Legacy to Live on Through Parks in Chile

March 21, 2017, 6:09 PM

The Chilean government has created five new national parks in Patagonia, covering an area the size of Denmark, under an agreement with the foundation of the late American environmentalist and North Face founder Douglas Tompkins.

The government committed to protect almost 950,000 hectares of state land and reclassify over 2.6 million hectares of existing reserve to park status under a protocol agreement signed March 15 between President Michelle Bachelet and Kristine Tompkins, Douglas’ widow and president of Tompkins Conservation.

The millionaire who created outdoor gear chain North Face and Esprit, a clothing manufacturer, died in December 2015 ...

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