Restoration

Although Karukinka has remained a natural paradise barely touch by humans, if we do not stop some direct threats, we risk loosing one of the most monumental subantarctic forests and its vast reserves of carbon, which have accumulated for thousands of years, and if released into the atmosphere will further aggravate the problem of global warming.

Our goal is to restore the ecosystems of Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia through the reduction or elimination of exotic species affecting the conservation of wildlife, including beavers, foxes and minks through independent actions and in partnership with other institutions.

Beavers were introduced in Karukinka in 1946, in Fagnano Lake, in the Argentinean side of Tierra del Fuego. Ever since, they have destroyed nearly 500 square kilometers of native forest and peat bogs, releasing millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and degrading the richness of the soil. Beavers produce changes in the river ecosystem, flood large areas of land to build their dams, killing the trees of riverside forests, which negatively impacts the biodiversity of Tierra del Fuego.

Similarly, to prevent on site direct threats to the aquatic and terrestrial wildlife in Karukinka, such as fire or hunting, we have established a permanent presence of local rangers, trained by us, in the park.