Working in collaboration with the NGO Rainforest Concern and the Chilean NGO Fundación FORECOS, the International Conifer Conservation Programme has helped with the development of Reserva Nasampulli, a 1650 ha protected area dominanted by Araucaria araucana.Located in the Andean foothills of southern-central Chile, the reserve connects to the Villarrica National Reserve. This continuous corridor of protected forest increases mobility and survival of endemic fauna and flora which have long suffered habitat loss due to land fragmentation.
In the early 1990s this area of rainforest just north of Lago Caburga in southern Chile was under serious threat from deforestation. The formation of Reserva Nasampulli started in 1998 when a group of Chileans joined forces with the International Conifer Conservation Programme to purchase 160 ha of Araucaria forest. As a result of funding from Rainforest Concern the reserve became part of its portfolio of protected areas in Latin America which now gives strict protection to this remote area which is home some of Chile's most remarkable wildlife including, puma, the guiña Chilean cat, magellanic woodpecker, pudu deer and monito del monte.