Monday, March 28, 2016

Communities and Forests of Southern Chile, free in .pdf from WWF

Interested in learning more about the communities and forests of Southern Chile?  I bought this book in 2007 and found it fascinating.  It's now available from WWF as a series of .pdf files here.  Amazing stories.  Enjoy!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

March is for blackberries



After three full bowls and a quick but peaceful hour it dawns on me I live on a blackberry farm.  It’s not an ecological reserve, a park, or a place to unplug – it’s an amazingly productive blackberry farm.  So far we’ve frozen them whole, made sauces and jams, and incorporated them into kuchen (kind of like a cobbler, Chilean/German style) or a crisp.   They’ve made it into Greek yogurt in the morning, on sandwiches in the afternoon, and into deserts for once, or evening tea.   

Sometimes I think the Reserve is an oasis on the peninsula below Puerto Montt as progress and development consumes everything along the main roads, making its way into the interior, but I relax knowing I live on a rural blackberry farm. The thorns that scratch my arms as I fill those bowls, and the long, off the beaten path road, will keep the crawling backhoes at bay.  March is a good time in Southern Chile.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2015/2016

We've been having much too good of a time to post.

Highlights include an extension on the main bodega/lodge, additional greenhouse work, a functioning "APR" Committee (Agua Potable Rural), and a complete coastal highway.  From Puerto Montt to our driveway is around :30 minutes, depending on traffic in town.  Sometimes a bit faster, Fridays usually slower, but all things considered much faster trips to El Tepual, the Puerto Montt airport, the kuchen of Frutillar (and the theater), coffee and chocolate in Puerto Varas, or school in Valle Volcanes.

The local church has filled our bodega/lodge a few times - 300 people once - so all the handmade wood tables (all the same width and height) and chairs were used, plus a few benches - for wedding receptions, etc.

Five new baby cows, a pair from last year learning to be oxen, and quite a few baby chickens all new this spring.  Trips to Pto. Natales and the southern branch of the McLean clan, including a visit to Juan McLean street, and of course Torres del Paine.  Big news: Our industrial strength, super-charged blender makes peanut and almond butter!  Combined with the local blackberries, it's better than anything in town.
 
Finally, visitors from all over still drop in and collaborate.  If you can slow down, life in Southern Chile is good.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Summer 2014

Summer 2014 has passed and thank you to all of the volunteers - from France, the UK, Ireland, and the US!  We built a new greenhouse, broke a water line, fixed it, picked blackberries, gathered firewood, and made good pizza.  We celebrated birthdays, harvested Chilote potatoes, and a good time was had by all.

In the surrounding community there are lots of changes.  The coastal "101" (comparison to California) highway is finally getting paved from Panitao to Calbuco.  Cruce Cardenas, our intersection, has seen a lot of development, but we're 3.5Km to the interior, so while our half mile driveway is on the main bus route, we're well off the beaten path and thankfully the peace and quiet continue as progress comes closer to the rural areas of the peninsula.

The community of Putenio (pop. 500) was approved for a rural potable water system and a 110m well was completed.  Each of the 100 houses in this community, scattered across large tracts of land and separated by hills and forests, now has a number on each gate fence post indicating their registration for a water meter when the Municipality installs the distribution system.  Ilque and the school has potable water already, but this will improve access to clean drinking water for many, particularly during the dry summer months of January and February.  At TNR we continue to use our 18,000L rain recovery, filtered system to supply water with success, and the 10m metal tower with the 1200L tank provides gravity pressure to the system for the camp showers.

We are still the place at the end of the road where progress comes slowly, but the wood fired pizzas and homemade blackberry kuchens, and the company around the table, make it all feel like home.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Summer 2013

New videos at: www.youtube.com/TNRChile

Local school has grown to include the 2nd year of high school here: www.colegionuevohorizonte.blogspot.com

Lots of WWOOFer volunteers from England, US, & Germany across the summer, gardening, planting, harvesting, weeding, beer-making, 12 piglets born, bridge building, and countless other activities.  Good times in Southern Chile.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

WWOOFer video in English!

http://www.wwoof.pt/

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Welcome to Ilque & Putenio, between Puerto Montt and Calbuco, Chile

Welcome to Ilque & Putenio, between Puerto Montt and Calbuco, Chile
Putenio, Between Tenio Trees/Entre Árboles Tenios

Tenio Valley in the Morning

Tenio Valley in the Morning
by Suvi Jarvis

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Explore Southern Chile!

Whether you want to stay on the peninsula near Puerto Montt, take the ferry to Chiloe, or continue your journey by boat or plane to Patagonia, when you stay with us you are in the heart of it all.

Fantastic fishing for rainbow and brown trout, plus three salmon species is as exciting as stunningly scenic rivers. Surrounded by several national parks that house tremendous waterfalls, live volcanoes, ancient glaciers, and therapeutic warm springs.

There is fly fishing for fanatics or novices, as well as sightseeing for nature enthusiasts, and hiking across old growth forests.

Volunteer tourism is a distinct option if you are interested. There are several local initiatives in education and development where you could contribute your skills and talents.

Activities in Southern Chile!

Fly fishing – expert and novice – for beautiful rainbow and brown trout, plus 3 salmon species.

Touring the unique, rare, and in many cases unspoiled environment of the Chilean Pacific Patagonia mountains and rainforest river valleys.

Puerto Montt’s history, from pre-Colombian times to the present is on display, including authentic totems and hunting tools. In 1976, some 35 km southwest of Puerto Montt, the oldest human remains on the American continent were discovered at Monte Verde.

Hot springs

Educational tours

Hiking, Camping, and Cabins

Horseback riding

Saltwater excursions for fishing and marine mammal viewing.

Tranquil, scenic, and accessible environment

Putenio – We are in the heart of it all between Puerto Montt and Calbuco.

Todo desarollo debe buscar la sostenibilidad a largo plazo.

Finalmente, todo desarollo debe buscar la sostenibilidad a largo plazo. Esto se logra estableciendo un equilibrio entre las dimensiones economica, institucional, social y ecologica. Un medio de vida es sostenible si soporta perturbaciones y tenciones externas y no depende de apoyo externo, y si lo hace, y si lo hace, deberia ser economico e institucionalmente sostenible. Ademas, tienen que mantener la productividad de los recursos naturales y no menoscabar o amenazar opciones de vida de otros (DFID, 1999).

Bosques y comunidades del Sur de Chile By Rodrigo Catalán Labarías, Petra Wilken, Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst

Finally, all development needs to search for long-term sustainability. This is accomplished by establishing a balance between economic, institutional, social, and ecological dimensions. A way of life is sustainable if it handles the trials and external pressures and doesn’t depend on outside support, and if it does, it should be economically and institutionally sustainable. Furthermore, the productivity of natural resources must be maintained without diminishing or limiting the life choices of others.

Explore Pt. Montt via Bicycle on YouTube Video! Click here

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Points of interest

ABTAO
FIN DEL TERRITORIO UNIDO AL CONTINENTE.
MALLINA
EL BAJO PANTANOSO (TABON)
AICHU
PUNTA BONITA
MAYELHUE
DONDE HAY GREDA
AGUANTAO
LUGAR DE TOLDERÍAS O POBLACIÓN DE LA CALETA
NALCAHUE
DONDE HAY NALCAS
AHINCO
RIACHUELO PREFERIDO
PARGUA
LUNA LLENA
AUCO
LUGAR ESCARPADO
PEÑASMÓ
LUGAR DE CUMBRES
AULLAR
ESTERO DE OLAS PARTIDAS
PERHUE
PUNTA DE FORMA DE CUELLO
BUTACO
ESTERO GRANDE
PEUQUE
LUGAR DE FORMA DE CORAZÓN
CAICAEN
LUGAR DE CHUPONES
PICUTA
LUGAR HACIA EL NORTE
CALBUCO
AGUAS AZULES
PINIS
HACIA LAS ALTURAS
CAICUE
ISLA LAGARTIJA
POLLOLLO
AVE MARINA POLLOLLA
CATRUE
LUGAR SEPARADO O CORTADO
PULUQUI
VOZ CHONA DE ORIGEN DESCONOCIDA
CODIHUE
LUGAR DE PIEDRA DE MOLER
PUREO
LUGAR ENTRE LAS HOLAS
COLACO
AGUAS TRAICIONERAS
PUTAC
LUGAR DE TACAS
CHALLAHUE
LUGAR DONDE HAY PESCADO
PUTENIO
ENTRE ÁRBOLES TENIOS
CHAULLIN
ISLA CASI UNIDA O ACERCADA
QUENU
EL GANGOSO
CHAUQUEAR
EL BARRANCO
QUETROLAUQUEN
ESTUARIO DEL PATO QUETRO
CHIDHUAPI
ISLA HELADA
QUEULLÍN
ISLA DE CERRO COLORADOS
CHOLCHE
LUGAR DE LOS CORRALES DE MARISCOS
RULO
LUGAR DE ZANJONES, GUALVES
CHOPE
LUGAR DE LA PELEA
TABÓN
QUEBRADO, SEPARADO
CHUCAHUA
LUGAR DONDE HAY CHUCAO
TAUTIL
ISLA CASI UNIDA AL CONTINENTE
CHULLEGUA
LUGAR DONDE PARAN LAS GAVIOTAS
YACO
LUGAR DE MEDIO
DAITAO
CALETA DONDE HAY CAMARONES
YAHUECHA
PUNTA DE FORMA DE SAPO
DAO
CALETA DE RESGUARDO
YALE
RIO SOLITARIO O PERDIDO
HUAR
NOMBRE DE ANTIGUO CACIQUE
LLAICHA
MURMULLO DE AGUA
HUATRAL
LUGAR CORTADO
HUELMO
BAHIA OVALADA
HUAYÚN
EL ESPINO NEGRO
LIN
CERRO, MONTE
MACHIL
LUGAR DE LA MACHI
RIO TRAPEN

PUTENIO, LLANQUIHUE, LOS LAGOS, CHILE
Between Tenio Trees/Entre Árboles Tenios

Chilean Trees & Plants

Alerce, coihue, canelo, tineo, arrayan, fuinque, mañio, radal, luma, roble, lenga, tepa, tiaca, ulmo, trevo, lingue, araucaria, & ñirre.

Tenio Valley in January

Tenio Valley in January
Our home in the distance

Plums

Plums

Apples

Apples

Blackberries

Blackberries

Caring for others

Caring for others
Update: Please note we no longer have horses.

Asado a Palo

Asado a Palo
Stick BBQ, mutton

Alerce Chileno

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On a clear day you can see forever and hear the silence

On a clear day you can see forever and hear the silence
Cabins for Rent

Gateway to Patagonia

Gateway to Patagonia

Our Home

Our Home

Clear Waters & Salmon

Clear Waters & Salmon

From Forestry Quarterly, Volume 9, 1913

“Chiloe Island, situated off the coast of Woods Chilli, contains 2,450 square miles and is of covered with dense forests according to Chili. a consular report. A short description of the more useful trees and shrubs follows:
· Cypress (Libocedrus tetragona) a white, elastic, resinous timber, said to be almost indestructible, abounds in the neighboring archipelago.
· Alerce (Fitzroya patagonica) very durable light wood, abundant.
· Manui (Saxegothea conspicua) soft wood not durable, abundant.
· Ciruelillo (Embothrium coccineum) excellent cabinet wood, slightly pink colored, grows rapidly and is appropriate for parks.
· Laurel (Laurelia serrata) covers the mountains; is most used and cheapest for inside work where not exposed to the weather.
· Luma (M'yrtus luma), very large tree, abundant, lumber red and hard, used for carriage wheels and barrels. M. Meli is much like luma.
· Muremo (Eucryphia cordifolia) and Tenio (Weinmanma trich- osperma), very large trees, abundant, used for foundation timbers and in carriage making. W. paniculata is flexible and much used for construction of boats.
· Avellano (Gevuina avellana) wood cracks and twists if exposed to the weather, otherwise like cirudillo.
· Roble (Nothofagus dombeyo), very large tree, abundant, softwood, not durable.
· Canelo (Drinys chilensis), large, abundant, lumber is never attacked by rats or vermin used for interior finish.
· Arrayan (Eugenia apiculata), red bark tree, hardwood used for carriage construction.
· El Tepu (Tepualia), shrub which spreads horizontally on damp places forming impregnable barriers; used for Quilineja (Lu.zuriaga), parasite on trees, used for manufacture of baskets and brooms.
· Quila (Chusquea quilaj, a sort of bamboo, good forage, rich in pulp, suitable for paper manufacture.
· Brazil. Jataranda tan, reddish color with black grain, and /. violetta, violet color with black grain, both are favored for piano construction. They are easily worked with machine tools. There is also a black species of this genus similar to Ebony.
· Red Cedar, used for cigar boxes, and White Cedar used in small amounts for light furniture.
· Peroba has five species which are hard and are used for interior finish floors.
· Vinhatico, a yellowish wood used for furniture occurs in large trees 8 to 10 ft. diam. containing 800 to 1,200 cu. ft.
· Putumuju, a yellow wood, and Anariba, a brilliant red tone, are used for interior finish.
· Genipapo has a fine wood of grayish blue color and is easily worked.
· Cangcrana and Copahyba are waterproof woods and are used for railway ties.
· Pao jangada has an extraordinarily low specific gravity, 0.20 to 0.25. It is used for boats and skiffs and furniture; the latter is almost indestructible. Woodcraft, March, 1913.”

Arbol Tenio

Arbol Tenio

Tenio Valley in the morning

Tenio Valley in the morning

Katy at School

Katy at School

El Tepual

El Tepual
You will circle over Putenio on approach

Home projects

Home projects

Curanto

Curanto
Razor clams, sausage, potatoes over rocks in a deep earth hole/oven

Alemendra (mother)

Alemendra (mother)
Surenita (daughter, age 14 weeks)

Tenio Valley and cattle

Tenio Valley and cattle

Amazing views

Amazing views

Tenio Natural Reserve (TNR) Contact Information

Educational Activities: tenionaturalreserve@gmail.com

Education, Interests & Contact Information

This is my dream project. I am grateful for all the support of the community! Thank you to everyone who has offered support an encouragement. As an educator and a mother, I see the difference we make every day.


Always interested in:

Multicultural Education

Bilingual Education

Science Education

English, Science, and Math K-8

Chilean Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) Approved

Organic Farming & Ecology





Contact & Update Information:

Email: tenionaturalreserve@gmail.com







Tenio Valley

Tenio Valley
by Suvi Jarvis

Southern Chile Map

Southern Chile Map

Close Up Map

Close Up Map

Road Map

Road Map
The coastal highway is paved/asphalt.

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