Issue 25: A new era

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When Patagon Journal published the first issue of its magazine in December 2011, the tremendous ecological values of the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina were still largely underappreciated by society as a whole. Moreover, there were serious threats to the region’s future, led by the massive HidroAysen hydroelectric project that would have turned Chilean Patagonia into an energy sacrifice zone. As I wrote on our website when launching Patagon Journal: "Economic initiatives proposed or underway, such as mining, salmon farming and energy development projects, threaten to transform the landscape in ways that could leave the natural and cultural essence of the Patagonia region a sad memory.”
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Reino Fungi Festival comes to Pucón

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Gabriel Orrego, scientific director of the Reino Fungi Festival, in one of the educational activities. Photo: Antar MachadoGabriel Orrego, scientific director of the Reino Fungi Festival, in one of the educational activities. Photo: Antar Machado
 
 
By Antonia González
Translation by Patrick Nixon
 
Last year, Gabriel Orrego (a forester and environmentalist), Nicole Mintz (co-founder of the El Cañi reserve), and Miguel Bolt (creator of Magma Lab) launched the "Bosque Fungi" project to conserve and restore forest ecosystems through learning experiences in the Pucón area.
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Five Chileans summit Fitz Roy in January

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Photo: Patricio DíazPhoto: Patricio Díaz
 
 
By Antonia González
Translation by Tracey Carro
 
Fitz Roy is an imposing rock massif on the border between Chile and Argentina, characterized as one of the most vertical and polished summits in Patagonia. Hundreds of climbers arrive here each season to test their technique and ascend its different routes. To date, not many Chileans have been able to reach the summit of this majestic peak that enchants with its dimensions, huge snowfields and magnificent views.
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Climbers open first Chilean route on Cerro Catedral, Torres del Paine

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Cristobal and Juan Señoret at the summit of Cerro Catedral, Torres del Paine. Photo: Señoret BrothersCristobal and Juan Señoret at the summit of Cerro Catedral, Torres del Paine. Photo: Señoret Brothers
 
 
By Antonia González
Translation by Patrick Nixon
 
Chilean brothers Juan and Cristobal Señoret have opened the first Chilean route on the north face of Cerro Catedral in Torres del Paine National Park, which they have named the "Dos Hermanos" (Two Brothers), with a grade of 5.11+ A0 800m.
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Chile launches a national nature fund

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Chile’s environmment minister, Maisa Rojas, speaking at the launch event on April 4 in Santiago. Photo: Fondo NaturalezaChile’s environmment minister, Maisa Rojas, speaking at the launch event on April 4 in Santiago. Photo: Fondo Naturaleza

 
By Caterinna Giovannini 
 
Chile's minister of the environment, Maisa Rojas, together with organizations such as Oceana, WWF, WCS Chile and CONAF, yesterday launched the Chile Nature Fund (Fondo Naturaleza Chile) in Santiago.
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