Through our partnership with Parques Para Chile, the Namuncahue Biological Corridor, which links several parcels of threatened Araucaria (Monkey Puzzle) forest in southern Chile, has continued to develop and grow. Having purchased one of the last remaining parcels with nearly 100% primary old-growth rainforest, which had been singled out for timber extraction, and restored a severely eroded area of land, we are now concentrating on building a research centre on this land for use by national and international universities and conservation organisations.
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Rainforest Concern has been working with the Universidad Austral de Valdivia since 2003 to purchase parcels of native forest containing Araucaria trees in the Andes range of Chile. The project's goal to conserve 1,100 hectares of forest adjacent to the Villarica National Reserve was completed in 2008, and since then the focus has turned to managing the reserve for the successful protection of the fauna and flora inhabiting these forests. Hard work since 2009 has equipped the Reserve with a baseline biodiversity survey, Management Plan and a cabin suitable for housing a parkguard and visiting researchers.
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Four years have passed since Corporación Bosques de Zapallar (CBZ) was entrusted with the conservation of Parque El Boldo, an area of 75 hectares of coastal forests. Through Rainforest Concern's partnership with CBZ there has been important progress in its conservation and awareness amongst the community. By the end of 2013 the Parque had its first signed trail to El Cristo, fences were constructed to prevent cattle from entering the property, and hundreds of invasive trees were removed. Guided tours along the trail are also now available and school children and their teachers also take the tour whilst filling out guide books for their observations and drawings. The local university also uses El Boldo for their research.
A mist trapping device has been designed specifically for El Boldo by an environmental architect as Chile has suffered a drought since 2011. Mist trapping has been proven efficient in producing water in northern areas for agriculture and domestic use. Land is now being expanded by getting other land owners in the area to protect their land.
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