A group of VIP travellers from Colorado visited eastern Patagonia in January.
Between the travelers there were four TNC Colorado Trustees, as well as CO friends and supporters from Colorado and Florida. Throughout the journey, they learnt about grasslands ecology, the people and the wildlife of Patagonia, and discussed the methods, strategies and incentives used by a variety of partners to maintain and restore the health of the Patagonian grasslands without ending the productive activities of the area which include raising cattle.
They visited Buenos Aires (where they were hosted by the US Ambassador), Peninsula Valdés, and Estancias Rincon Chico and Bahia Bustamante in the Province of Chubut.
Estancia Bahía Bustamante is part of Ovis XXI, a coalition of sheep ranchers whose mission is to “Improve the economic, ecologic, social and human sustainability of the value chains based on sheep ranching and other fiber producing species.”
This experience really made an impact on the visitors, as they heard the Bahia Bustamante Ranch manager describe how he has seen the land rebound after only a short time with new management practices. He has been working the land for 40 years and described how he is seeing some species of grasses come back that he hasn’t seen in 20 years.