Day 80 of #100dayproject: Trekking and national Parks

DSC05980Petrohué National Park, Chile.

In my past holidays after 2015’s New Year, my family and I went to a beautiful national park in my hometown called “Vicente Pérez Rosales”. This place was so incredible, the Mother Nature in all its splendor and wild exuberance. The specific that we visited was a waterfall known as “Saltos del Petrohué” (Petrohue Falls) with splendid places for trekking and hiking alone or in company of your beloved ones.

After two hours of driving in the pavement road, the effort worth it. The Nature makes me think with more clarity and the force of the evergreen forest gives me a feel of surrender before her power: the power of the Universe, the power of her laws. The storm ideas about this project and other worries, was vanished instantly.

I was very thankfully of the Universe and the wisdom of the government and community, to preserve that national park in perfectly state and could be open to the general public. If that park was private, maybe we cannot tell the same story.

The property of reservoir lands, especially those who has visual quality landscape value, is very hard topic. We are confronting the freedom to acquisition of lands and the freedom to appreciate natural landscape for anyone else. Some people and researchers take part for the private preservation and the restriction of access to lands with special characteristics. Others, prefers the management of the national government and the open access to anyone, without the feeling of possession of lands like it was any other object:

“How can there be persons who are owner of so much horizon?

How can there be people so plenty of landscapes?

I find it obscene that gluttony both have. “

Pedro Lemebel

My graduate’s dissertation was talking about the aesthetic appreciation of landscapes and their potential for socioeconomic development, so I was thinking meanwhile I walked for the park about that: What makes a landscape valuable for people? In my experience the aesthetic valuation has more importance for the people that economic valuation, and definitely, the communities don’t want to pay for preserve some landscape qualities, as some economic methods suggests[1]. The communities usually fight against some projects who tried to modify their ways of living when they includes a remarkable landscape visual quality, especially those who lives from the resources of tourists and organic agriculture.

[1] CASTELLI, Luis; SAPALLASSO, Valeria (2007): Planificación y conservación del paisaje: herramientas para la protección del patrimonio natural y cultural. – 1a ed. – Buenos Aires: Fund. Naturaleza para el Futuro.


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