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Scientist Afield in Southern Andes: Restoring the Forests of the Valdivian Coastal Reserve for the Trees… And More Water

While in southern Chile, Wisconsin scientist Nick Miller is based in Valdivia, the gateway to the Valdivian Coastal Range, home to 4,000-year-old alerce trees. © Nick Hall

The Valdivian Coastal Range is home to rare animals like this pudú, one of the three smallest deer in the world. © Mark Wolf-Armstrong/TNC

Nick’s wife Emily and their children have joined him, and they are exploring their new home from forest to coast. Here Gus and Rosalie pick the delicious local murta berries in the nearby forests. © Nick Miller/TNC

Emily (right) shares a laugh with Liliana Pezoa, conservation coordinator with the Southern Andes team. Liliana has set up a system to monitor the status of the pudú in the Reserve. © Nick Miller/TNC

The Conservancy is working with local timbermen to remove eucalyptus planted by the previous owner at the Valdivian Coastal Reserve and restore native trees. © Nick Hall

Native trees like this Coihue sapling use less water than eucalyptus, a fast-growing, non-native tree. This leaves more water in streams for people and wildlife. © Nick Hall

Alfredo Almonacid, the Conservancy’s Valdivian Coastal Reserve coordinator, is shown here at the stream from which the Conservancy is donating water to the village of Chaihuín to improve its water supply. © Nick Miller/TNC

The Conservancy is supporting local businesses like this seaside restaurant in Chaihuín that uses sustainably harvested fish, forest berries and other ingredients. Sustainable use of the Reserve’s resources benefits people and conservation. © Nick Miller/TNC

Sunset behind the "Fangs of Chaihuín," at the entrance to the Valdivian Coastal Reserve. The Fangs also mark the location of a marine reserve that is part of a collaboration between the Conservancy and local fishermen to ensure sustainable fisheries. © Rachelle Gould/TNC


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