A Veteran of The National Audubon Society and The Nature Conservancy
Patagonia Sur, LLC is pleased to announce that Henry Tepper has joined the Patagonia Sur management team as Chief Conservation Officer and partner, effective immediately.
Tepper joins Patagonia Sur from the National Audubon Society where he served as Vice President of State Programs for the last two years. Patagonia Sur is a for-profit company that invests in, protects, and enhances ecologically significant and scenically remarkable properties in Chilean Patagonia.
“Henry is an established leader and innovator in the conservation world. Having Henry join our team fortifies Patagonia Sur’s longstanding conservation commitment to our investors and to the environment,” said Warren Adams, CEO and Founder of Patagonia Sur.
In addition to his work at Audubon, Tepper served for 13 years at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as the State Director of New Hampshire and then New York, and as the Director of International Programs for the Eastern United States.
“As Chief Conservation Officer at Patagonia Sur, I will have the opportunity to work full-time on an initiative I have helped lead for the past four years to expand private land conservation in Chile and beyond,” said Tepper.
“During the past four years Henry has been deeply involved in the legislation to create a practical and flexible land conservation tool for Chile, called the Derecho Real de Conservación (DRC) which is modeled after conservation easements in the United States,” said Adams. “He is very passionate about the private and public conservation initiatives happening in the country and the implications it could have even beyond our frontiers.”
While at The Nature Conservancy, Tepper led a series of landscape-scale forest conservation projects, successfully conserving more than 350,000 acres. He also provided technical assistance to the Conservancy’s international programs, with a focus on the conservation of 375,000 acres of Maya Forest in the Calakmul Bioreserve in the southern Yucatan in Mexico.
Before The Nature Conservancy, Tepper also served as the Deputy Commissioner for Natural Resources of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, as the Executive Director of the Columbia Land Conservancy, and he was a member of the National Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Henry has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and Admission to Doctoral Candidacy from Cornell University.