Don’t Fence Me In
We received a very informative talk about the future Patagonia National Park, and the process of how it was being transformed back to wilderness after having been ranch land for cattle and sheep for the last century. While this was a very inspiring talk, but the discussion did soon turn a little more serious, bringing to our attention to how grave some of the environmental issues currently are, not only in Patagonia, but world wide.
After lunch, it was finally time to get our hands dirty and head off into the field to do the work we came here to do: removing fences that, for the last century, were used to contain livestock. By removing them, we are opening up the land to the native species. We took a ten-minute bus ride, followed by a 15-minute hike until we got to our location.
Tucked into a steep canyon, we saw all the fence posts and wires that needed to be taken out. It was hard work, heading up and down the hillside, carrying fence posts and rolling fence balls down the mountain, and every time we thought, “Wow, this is hard work. Remind me why we are we doing this?” We were quickly reaffirmed with the rewards of clean breathing air and amazing views. This is what nature is supposed to look like.