Helping Patagonia´s Grasslands


One of the secrets of The Nature Conservancy’s success for the past 60 years has been its ability to engage business and community leaders as volunteer supporters of the Conservancy’s work. The Conservancy’s legion of trustees and supporters constitutes a vast reservoir of knowledge, contacts and conservation passion that the organization has effectively leveraged to advance our work over the years.

To capture this interest in a more systematic fashion, and in the spirit of the Conservancy’s ground breaking, trustee-led “Trustees Without Borders” initiative, in October 2010, the Conservancy launched the U.S. Patagonia Trustee Advisory Council of TNC Argentina to help us with one of our most promising conservation programs: Argentine Patagonia.

The Conservation Objective: Why Argentina?

Temperate grasslands – 400 million acres of which are located in Argentina – are one of the most endangered and least protected habitats in the world. In March 2008, TNC established a project in San Carlos de Bariloche to join and build upon the conservation efforts already in place for conserving the southern temperate grasslands of this country. Through creative partnerships with government, industry and other sectors, the Conservancy´s initial goal is to expand the area of Patagonian grasslands under both public and private conservation.

Recent accomplishments of the Patagonia Trustee Advisory Council

The Patagonia trustees excelled in 2012, helping to meet our revenue goals, completing a solid plan that aligns our program to the Conservancy´s broader framework, strengthening our relationships with key partners and raising our profile within Argentina and the United States.

Current Council members:

Mr. Dennis Fitzpatrick
Mr. James Kelley
Mrs. Amie Knox
Mrs. Nancy Mackinnon
Mr. John Massopust
Dr. Miguel Pascual
Mr. Bill Riley
Mrs. Christine Scott
Mr. Alec Watson
Mrs. Georgia Welles
Mr. Federico Zorraquín



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