Within the framework of environmental restoration, cultural rescue and promoting sustainable development, Fundación Alerce 3000, together with its collaborators, developed and led different initiatives and activities during November. Some of the most important were:
Launch of the 2024 grant
With the aim of promoting scientific research, culture and education in the Vodudahue community, Fundación Alerce 3000 decided to launch a grant. The initiative seeks to compile ideas and projects that strengthen the foundation’s impact model.
Nursery and environmental recovery
During November, as usual, maintenance activities were carried out on the greenhouses, mainly in greenhouse 2, where the old counters were dismantled, and beds were built at ground level, to be used with germination trays.
In addition, the irrigation networks in the nursery sector were repaired, the platforms were improved by applying calcium, and nursery 3 was transformed into a “Fern Collection”, modifying the facilities for the correct placement of the collection and its cataloging.
Preparation and installation of signs for platforms, plantations, and paths.
Parts of the tasks were carried out with the support of external personnel, who also supported the maintenance tasks of the Abate Molina trail, and the beginning of the construction of a perimeter fence on Isla Placeta.
To continue further understanding the environment of the Vodudahue Valley, an agreement was reached regarding the final subjects for the three research projects to be carried out in 2024, entrusted to Universidad Austral. These three subjects were:
COHIVO – Understanding the hydroclimatic history and future evolution of Vodudahue
PASOVO – Sound heritage of Vodudahue
VESUVO – Vegetation and soil analysis in Vodudahue
These are the main lines of scientific research for 2024, and will be complemented by the projects of the grants.
November campaign with visits from the United Kingdom
Un interesante encuentro de expertos botánicos se realizó en Vodudahue durante el mes de noviembre. Participaron Martin Gardner y Sabina Knees, el Jardín Botánico de Edimburgo; Josefina Hepp, de Fundación Chilco: Zsolt Fodor, de Kilchoan; Jenny Crabb, de RBG Kew; Matthew Young, del Jardín Botánico de Linn; Helmut Huber, de Alerce 3000; y Javier Maldonado, del fundo Huinay, quienes intercambiaron conocimientos y experiencias.
Asimismo, en el vivero se llevaron a cabo acciones que demostraron el establecimiento de trepadoras y epífitas en árboles circundantes, se plantó un seto ornamental, se adviritó la formación de un “fernery” (jardín de helechos), además de un listado de especies nativas con valor ornamental.
En Placeta, en tanto, el equipo de expertos caminó por los senderos y visitó las plantaciones, buscando especies endémicas y amenazadas del valle.
Todas estas actividades contribuyeron al enriquecimiento de las colecciones botánicas y resaltaron la importancia de la colaboración internacional en la preservación de la biodiversidad de Vodudahue.
Participation in a talk at Universidad Austral and visit to Valdivia and surrounding areas
During the visit to Chile of a team of botanists from the United Kingdom, an interesting meeting was held at the Universidad Austral, led by Helmut Huber, in which professors and students participated. On the occasion, British specialists shared their experiences on conservation and botany in various institutions. The main speaker of the day was Martin Gardner, member of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and of the Chilco Foundation, who shared his 45-year career dedicated to the cultivation of Chilean plants in the United Kingdom, as well as his commitment to the protection of these species in Chile. The group took advantage of the meeting to visit several nurseries in Valdivia and the Alerce Costero National Park, which allowed them to become familiar with the conservation, education and propagation methodologies of local native species.
Strategic alliances to continue studies of mammals and the Vodudahue River
As part of the research program in the Vodudahue valley, Fundación Alerce 3000, through Fundación Chilco, has consolidated strategic collaborations with the Reñihué and Huinay foundations.
With Reñihué, the behavior of the main mammal species in the area is being monitored through the use of camera traps placed in different parts of the territory. The information obtained allows observations to be made about the behavior and space use patterns. The November campaign, led by Thomas Kramer at Vodudahue, resulted in the collection of images captured during the second half of 2023 and the replacement of batteries, cards and the relocation of some cameras.
With Huinay, meanwhile, Chilco began a study aimed at measuring variations in the river’s volume and exploring possible correlations with climatic and environmental factors. The study also addresses the analysis of the physical and chemical properties of the water, including the integration of pressure sensors in the riverbed to evaluate the influence of the tides at a specific point. The first field survey was carried out by Javier Maldonado and Josefina Hepp during the November campaign in Vodudahue.
Visit to Vodudahue
The third week of November, Vertical collaborators visited Vodudahue and Placeta, accompanied by the executive director of Fundación Alerce 3000, Juan Enrique Valenzuela. The objective of the visit was to review the operations in Placeta and Refugio, in addition to the work of the staff.
Additionally, the delegation toured and reviewed the Douglas Point trail, especially the stage of the waterfall stairs, where the general condition of the stairs was measured and reviewed for a budget renewal, which includes replacing the wooden stairs with stainless steel.
The signage and procedures for the entrance to the Via Ferrata on the Douglas Point trails were also reviewed in detail.
To schedule the climbing and ecotourism activities, the Vertical team reviewed the Pillán and Placeta facilities, mainly contemplating the planning of the future education and adventure programs to be carried out by the Wharton MBA Program and Nido de Águilas school.