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Why Former Patagonia CEO Made The Largest Land Donation In History

By Koty Neelis

Earlier this month Kristene Tompkins, leader of Tompkins Conservation and former CEO of Patagonia, announced she would make a donation of 1 million acres of land to the Chilean government, making it the largest private donation of land to a country ever.

The announcement comes after decades of work and negotiations by Tompkins and her late husband and North Face co-founder, Douglas Tompkins.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet delivered a promise that included merging the gifted land with another 10 million acres of Chilean national lands to create 11 million acres of new public lands. The total area to be protected is three times the size of Yellowstone National Parks and Yosemite combined.