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Chile group

Chile is a fascinating place, especially far south Chile where I traveled a number of times. Punta Arenas (Sandy Point) is on the Strait of Magellan and is the southernmost city in the world (130,000 people). It is a popular jumping off point for tourists visiting Antarctica. About 1.5 hours north of Punta Arenas is one of Chile’s premier national parks called Torres del Paine (photo). In January 2012 an Israeli tourist set off a major fire from his camp (accidentally) that burned about a third of the park. The fire was similar in extent to the 1988 Yellowstone National Park fire. I visited Torres del Paine a week after the fire with park officials and Chilean reforestation experts to discuss recovery options. I will visit the park this May (2013) along with others, including an Israeli forestry official to study the extent of natural recovery and plan necessary remediation efforts. Very interesting stuff!!!