WE’RE A SMALL, DETERMINED TEAM

Activists, advocates, biologists and builders... the people of Tompkins Conservation—founded by Kristine and the late Douglas Tompkins (1943–2015), business leaders from Patagonia, The North Face, and Esprit—are working to confront the twin crises facing life on Earth: climate chaos and collapsing ecosystems.

More than a quarter century ago, we committed ourselves to working on the ground in the Southern Cone of South America. 
From northern Argentina to southern Chile, you’ll find us creating landscape-scale conservation projects that focus on restoring an area’s full complement of native species.

COFOUNDERS | Doug and Kris Tompkins |

Douglas
Tompkins

| Douglas Tompkins |

Douglas R. Tompkins (1943–2015) was a wilderness advocate, mountaineer, organic farmer, philanthropist, and conservationist. As the founder of The North Face and cofounder of the Esprit clothing company, he devoted his formidable energies to business. As a mountain climber and whitewater kayaker he completed first ascents and first river descents on multiple continents. After leaving business and endowing a group of family foundations, he became one of the foremost conservation philanthropists in history, using his wealth to acquire, aggregate, and then donate private land to the national park systems of Chile and Argentina. For decades he worked alongside his wife, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, to restore degraded farms and to establish large-scale protected areas. Deeply devoted to biocentric activism, Doug was a key funder and thinker behind numerous groups and campaigns, and his private farmlands helped to advance the frontiers of agroecological thinking and practice. He died in 2015 after a kayaking accident in Patagonia.

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Kristine
McDivitt
Tompkins

| Kristine McDivitt Tompkins |

Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, former CEO of the Patagonia clothing company, is the cofounder and president of Tompkins Conservation. She was a key figure behind the establishment of Monte León National Park in Argentina and Patagonia National Park in Chile, as well as other conservation projects. For decades she also worked with her husband, Doug Tompkins, to model a new agroecological paradigm by operating organic farms and ranches in Chile and Argentina. She serves in various positions of global leadership in conservation, including as Chair of National Geographic Society’s Last Wild Places campaign. She received the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2017 and was named the UN Environment Patron of Protected Areas in 2018.

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| ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP |

BOARD

Peter Buckley

Yvon Chouinard

Rick Ridgeway

Tom Butler

Jib Ellison

Debbie Ryker

Malinda Chouinard

Quincey Tompkins Imhoff

Kristine Tompkins

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Forrest Berkley

Tony Hansen

Nadine Lehner

Nancy Schaub

Christina Desser

Nicolás Ibañez, Jr.

Scott Malkin

John van der Stricht

Chris Evans

Gardner Imhoff

Jim Sano

Heather Loomis-Tighe

AWARDS

| 2021 |

AWARDS AND HONORS RECEIVED BY KRISTINE TOMPKINS:

Kyoto Earth Hall of Fame

Rachel Carson Award, National Audubon Society

| 2019 |

AWARDS AND HONORS RECEIVED BY KRISTINE TOMPKINS:

Selected for WOMEN: The National Geographic Image Collection

AFAR Vanguard Award for travel visionaries

Foundation Credicorp Capital 2019 Award (Chile)

| 2018 |

AWARDS AND HONORS RECEIVED BY KRISTINE TOMPKINS:

Designated UN Environment Patron of Protected Areas

Recognition for Lifetime Contribution to the Chilean wilderness, Chilean-North American Business Bureau 

Luis Oyarzún Award granted by the Universidad Austral de Chile 

| 2017 |

AWARDS AND HONORS RECEIVED BY KRISTINE TOMPKINS:

Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, Woodrow Wilson Center

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Legacy Award

Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy

Cynthia Pratt Laughlin Medal, Garden Club of America

Outdoor Inspiration Award, Presented by Adidas Outdoor at Outdoor Retailer

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year (Nominee)

 

AWARDS RECEIVED BY DOUGLAS AND KRISTINE TOMPKINS:

Outdoor Inspiration Awards at Outdoor Retailer - Lifetime Achievement Award

| 2016 |

AWARDS AND HONORS RECEIVED BY KRISTINE TOMPKINS:

Lowell Thomas Award, The Explorers Club

World Tourism Award, World Travel Market

BBVA Foundation Award for Biodiversity Conservation in Latin America

David R. Brower Award, American Alpine Club

Sustainability Leader, “Uniting Global Philanthropy Inspiring Action For The Planet,” East-West Sustainability Summit, IUCN World Conservation Congress

Recyclápolis Award, Fundación Recyclápolis (Chile) 

 

| 2015 |

AWARDS RECEIVED BY DOUGLAS AND KRISTINE TOMPKINS:

Long View Conservation Award, Mohonk Preserve, NY

Global Economy Prize, Kiel Institute for the World Economy

| 2013 |

AWARDS RECEIVED BY DOUGLAS AND KRISTINE TOMPKINS:

Conservation Achievement Award, Bird Life International

| 2012 |

AWARDS RECEIVED BY DOUGLAS AND KRISTINE TOMPKINS:

New Species Award, African Rainforest Conservancy

| 2010 |

AWARDS RECEIVED BY DOUGLAS AND KRISTINE TOMPKINS:

International Visionary Award, Scenic Hudson

International BAUM Special Award, B.A.U.M (German Association for Environmental Management)

| 2009 |

AWARDS AND HONORS RECEIVED BY KRISTINE TOMPKINS:

Honorary Degree, College of Idaho

| 2008 |

AWARDS RECEIVED BY DOUGLAS AND KRISTINE TOMPKINS:

World Rainforest Award, Rainforest Action Network

Environmental Award, Bruno H. Schubert Foundation

| 2007 |

AWARDS RECEIVED BY DOUGLAS AND KRISTINE TOMPKINS:

Gold Steward Award, International Conservation Caucus Foundation

EXPLORE | Our Work |

Tompkins Conservation is a strategic collaborator of its offspring nonprofits Rewilding Chile and Rewilding Argentina.

CHILE
ARGENTINA
We conceive of progress as going in a certain direction: forward. But what is “forward”? If we are walking toward an abyss and reach the edge, well, we stop. If we take another step forward we'll fall into the abyss and die. But if we turn 180 degrees and take another step forward, where are we going? We are not going back to the past. We are walking toward the future.

—Doug Tompkins

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In ways large and small, as individuals and groups, we have the power to reorient the trajectory of life on Earth toward beauty, diversity, wildness, and health.

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