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Endangered Patagonia - Skiing (and Saving) Chile's Rio Baker Valley


Over the last fifteen years, often on assignment and in partnership with organizations and outdoor businesses committed to wildlands conservation, we've been exploring the wilderness of Chile's Rio Baker watershed. The heart and soul of Chilean Patagonia and the focus of an inspiring conservation effort aimed at creating a new Patagonia National Park, the Rio Baker watershed is also threatened by a short-sighted plan to industrialize one of the planet's last great wild places. In addition to several large dams, the Spanish-Italian energy giant (Endesa-Enel) is hoping to get approval for a 1000+ mile transmission line, which would pass through the heart of Chilean Patagonia - home to five Chilean national parks and two established wilderness reserves. "The damming of the Baker," says a local rancher, "would be a terrible tragedy for Patagonia." Most Chileans know there are better alternatives to big dams, including smaller-scale hydro power, other non-hydro renewable energy sources and investment in regional economies based on tourism and small industry. Let's help the people of Chile protect one of the globe's greatest natural treasures.

PLEASE check out the links below to get informed...and get involved in protecting one of our planet's greatest remaining wild places.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION =>
Write Chile's president today to express your concern. The NRDC has set up an easy way to do this right now... LINK

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THANKS! - Brian and Emily

=>LATEST PRESS
Recent News...New Patagonia National Park Set to Open in Dec. 2014 Bloomberg News - April 2014
Plans for Mega-Dams Dropped!... NRDC Blog - 1/7/14
Work Halted on HidroAysén... Santiago Times - 5/31/12
Chilean Court Suspends Patagonia Dam Project...BBC News - 6/21/11
Our latest post on Patagonia Inc's blog, The Cleanest Line, May 26, 2011 LINK
Chilean Court Approves EIS for Patagonia Dams...Huffington Post - 5/10/11
Update on Patagona Inc.'s Blog After EIS was Approved - May 10, 2011 (Great overview of issues) LINK
L.A Times Story - May 21, 2011 LINK

International Rivers Blog - "Hydro Aisen: High Costs vs High Risks..." May 5, 2009
Atlanta Journal Constitution - "Home Depot..." May 18, 2008
Americas Program Center for Intl Policy May 23, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle April 7, 2008
Boston Globe - Travel Section April 6, 2008
New York Times - Editorial April 1, 2008
The Guardian - UK - Mar 14, 2008
Santiago Times story - Feb 11, 2008
Santiago Times story - July 29, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle story - February 27, 2007
New York Times story - August 6, 2006
NRDC "OnEarth" magazine story - Fall 2006

=>INFO/BACKGROUND
NEW Multi-media Film: "Patagonia Without Dams" by Bridget Besaw - Sept 2011 LINK
International Rivers - Action Alert & Fact Sheet HERE
Chilean Patagonia Without Dams (English site) - LINK
RIOS LIBRES Project (Film and documentary project focused on the Rio Baker watershed) LINK
NRDC - BioGems "Patagonia" Campaign Website HERE
Overview by Patagonia Adventure Expeditions (founders of the Aysen Glacier Trail) HERE
PATAGONIA RISING Film Project HERE
SIN REPRESAS - "Without Dams" Campaign - HERE
FUTAFRIENDS - Protecting the Wild Rivers of Chilean Patagonia HERE
ECOSISTEMAS - Working in defense of Patagonia ecosystems HERE
HidroAYSEN Dam Proposal (Includes Drawings of Proposed Dams - Scroll Down in PDF) PDF

=>***ACTION***
Write Chile's president today to express your concern. The NRDC has set up an easy way to do this right now... LINK Thanks!

International Rivers ACTION ALERT

=>PRESS RELATED TO OUR TRAVELS
The Dirtbag Diaries March 12, 2009 Episode
Vermont Sports - Feb 08 - FEATURE STORY PART 1/2
Vermont Sports - Mar 08 - FEATURE STORY PART 2/2
Patagonia Inc. BLOG - 10/4/07 "The Cleanest Line"
Karhu BLOG - 10/17/07 "Where Will You Ski Today"
Blue Pizza" Podcast/Video on EMS Website HERE
Story in Vermont's Stowe Reporter - Mar 8, 2007 HERE
Coverage on Telemark Skiing News website HERE
Op-Ed in the Montpelier Bridge - Dec. 06 HERE

=>BACKCOUNTRY MAGAZINE STORY
Our feature story in Feb 07 issue of Backcountry Magazine OUR WEBSITE VERSION HERE
Our related feature story from Feb 05 issue of Backcountry Magazine (PDF download) or (Web Version)

=>PARTNERS/FRIENDS
Patagonia, Inc. (We are the first recipients of Patagonia's new DirtBag Grant)
Garmont USA
The Mountain Training School
Mountain Hardwear
Conservacion Patagonica
Patagonia Adventure Expeditions
Backcountry Magazine


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