Centro Científico Huinay - Chile
Centro Científico Huinay
cold-water benthic habitats
temperate rain forest
A steep and deep (500 m) fjord with temperate rain forest and glaciers on top of the mountains, many small and one large river entering the fjord (without glacial sediment), few inhabitants, no road access.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
The San Ignacio del Huinay Foundation is a private non-profit institution founded in December 2001 by the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and Endesa Chile, today Enel Generación, for the purpose of defending and promoting the value of the bio-geographic patrimony in the area of Huinay, in the Los Lagos Region, Chile. The name "Huinay" derives from the term HUINOI, which in the huilliche language means "Alerce with inclined branches, due to the vigor and persistence of winds" *, or "Twisted Alerce". The oral testimony of local and Hornopirén residents indicates that in the territory of Huinay, until the early 20th century, Alerces (Fitzroya cupressides) were found at low altitudes in the vicinity of the shoreline of the Comau Fjord and on the plains and foothills of the Lloncochaigua River valley, which were exploited in successive expeditions by navigators from the Island of Chiloé, and, as of the 1930s, by the first families from Rio Puelo who permanently settled there. Testimony of this vast and hard labor are a number of "quilantos", areas covered by a dense thicket of Chusquea quila, a pioneering bamboo-type plant, which covers cleared areas of an old "flowered" forest. Today patches of Alerces and solitary specimens are left, confined to places inaccessible by foot. In the untouched interior of the fundo, Alerces are found starting at an altitude of 250 meters above sea level.
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