Fundo Pillán

1,215 acres/492 hectares; acquired in 1994
Project of Kris and Doug Tompkins
Lakes Region, Chile

Situated at the geographical center of Pumalín Park in south Chile, the 1,216-acre Pillán Farm occupies an important role supporting the activities of the surrounding region. Located between the Comau and Reñihué fjords, Pillán serves as the administrative headquarters for Pumalín Park.

When purchased in 1994, Pillán was in bad shape. Overgrazing by cattle had degraded pastures, particularly in wetter areas and along streams, while industrial salmon operations had abused the surrounding waters. After years of restoration, Pillán has been transformed into a beautiful and functional farm once again. Pillán is the local production center for honey, which is bottled and sold under the Pillán Organics label. Pillán also raises herds of sheep and cattle.

Pillán’s infrastructure has been restored and expanded. Today the farm has several houses, administration offices and workers’ buildings, sheep sheds, and an artisanal honey processing plant.

More than 80 percent of the farm’s acreage remains undeveloped, providing habitat for a variety of native flora and fauna. With this abundance of wildlife and its location at the center of Pumalín, Pillán is a great place for recreation; kayaking, fly-fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and trekking are among favorite local activities.

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