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Chile Forestry Study Tour

Explore Chile

An Oregon State University Forestry and Natural Resources Tour

02-11 November 2014


Tour Overview

Meet with small woodland owners and walk their lands, visit world class wood products facilities, step into stands of trees growing faster than you ever thought possible, and stands where you can name 14 species just within eye sight. Join us as we learn about one of the world’s most innovative forest sectors, a growing conservation movement, all the while digging into the rich history, culture, art and cuisine of Chile.

This OSU Forestry and Natural Resources study tour is designed for woodland owners, forest managers and other natural resource professionals, students, and anyone else interested in learning about the forests and forestry in Chile, one of the world’s most dynamic and beautiful countries.  Our 10-day tour will expose you to a varied cross section private and public forests, wood products facilities, communities, and Chilean landowners and managers.  You will visit fast-growing plantations and native temperate rain forests, and gain an appreciation for the country’s culture, history and landscapes. You will come away with new ideas, new perspectives, and a better understanding and renewed appreciation for forest management in your home area. 

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Your OSU College of Forestry Extension trip leaders:

Nicole Strong, OSU Extension Service

Nicole Strong has been part of OSU Extension for almost 10 years. You might know her as the Master Woodland Manager Coordinator, or Women Owning Woodlands network coordinator. Perhaps you have attended one of her wildlife habitat classes at Tree School. Nicole now calls Oregon home, but a big part of her heart also lies in those countries South of our own. Nicole grew up in Latin America, living in both Peru and Panama for 8 years. Between that time, Nicole spent three years in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, several summers of field work in Venezuela, a recent 4-year contract working with the Mexican Forest Service, in addition to currently serving on the Central Oregon Latino Community Association board of directors, Nicole considers herself an Honorary Latina. She brings not only forestry and wildlife knowledge to this tour, but a passion and interest in Latin American history, politics, music, literature, dance, food, and drink. She looks forward to introducing you to Chile's verdant forests, incredible people, and the unique vibe of Latino culture on this tour.




Max Bennett, OSU Extension Service

Max has served as an Extension Forester in Medford, Oregon since 1999.  He works with woodland owners, foresters and other natural resource professionals, watershed councils, and collaborative groups.   Professional interests include silviculture, fire management, and community forestry, among many others.  An explorer at heart, Max has visited forests on five continents and numerous countries ranging from India to Mexico.  His sabbatical dream is to live and work in forestry in Spanish-speaking country.  Off the job, Max is a proud parent of two young adult daughters.  He enjoys gardening, reading, outdoor activities of all kinds, and trying to stay in shape via running and triathlons. 




Fred Smith, Anglatin Travel

Fred, a retired OSU Forestry professor, now spends most of his time in Chile with his wife, operating a travel company that organizes study tours all over the world. Anglatin recently completed its 100th study tour.








What we'll do and see:

We've arranged a trip that is informative in its introduction to Chile's forestry sector and natural resources - with time to meet with Chilean counterparts, and also to relax and unwind.  To learn more about this program:

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November 2-11, 2014.  Flights from the western US fly overnight and arrive in the morning in Santiago.  To arrive in time for this program, you will need to plan on departing the US on Saturday, November 1 and departing Chile on Tuesday, November 11.


Program fee and services:

Program Fee:

The cost for this program is $2,853 per person, double occupancy.  If you prefer a single room, the single occupancy supplement is an additional $867.

 The following services are included in this fee:

  • Nine nights accommodation in three star or better hotels and resorts
  • Seven breakfasts
  • Six lunches
  • One dinner
  • One reception
  • Ground transportation in van or bus
  • Economy class one-way flight from Temuco to Santiago (trip to Temuco will be by van and bus)
  • Technical visits as shown in itinerary
  • Full-time bi-lingual host/translator and technical guide
  • Personalized travel and briefing book
  • Airport transfers in Chile


The following services are NOT included in the program fee:

  • Round-trip airfare to Chile from U.S.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Beverages/meals not shown in the program
  • Airport skycap, bus driver or guide gratuity
  • Incidentals such as telephone, movies, mini-bar, internet and room services
  • Medical expenses
  • Replacement of damaged property
  • Recovery of lost or stolen property
  • Commercial/guided ecotourism activities (e.g., rafting) at Pucon


Budgeting for non-included expenses:

As of February 2014, round-trip airfare from Oregon destinations to Santiago, Chile was approximately $1,500.  Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. 

Not included in the tour fee are seven dinners and three lunches.  Chile is an affordable destination; we recommend budgeting about $12-16/person for lunch and $15-20/person for dinner. 



No visa is necessary when you travel to Chile, only a valid passport. When entering Chile, you'll need to fill out a Tourist Card that allows visitors to stay for up to 90 days and will allow multiple entries. You'll need to show this Tourist Card to Immigration when leaving the country as well, so be sure you don't lose it.


You may have heard of a reciprocity fee that was formerly charged to US citizens entering Chile.  This fee has recently been revoked, given the US government's decision not to require visas for Chilean citizens visiting the US.


Registration and deposit information:

To give us time to plan for our group, our enrollment deadline is July 15, 2014.  At this time you will need to pay a deposit is $600. To learn more about payment dates and program policies, and to register for the program, please click on the link below:

Enrollment Form



About Chile

Chile is a country of high mountains, dramatic coastline, deep forests, picturesque towns and dynamic cities.  We'll taste most of these (and some wonderful Chilean wines) during our ten days together.  You may wish to learn more before we depart, or to plan to extend your stay in Chile after our trip.  Here are some resources which may be helpful in learning about Chile:

General tourism information:

Chile's US embassy website  Helpful basic information for travel in Chile.

Lonely Planet Chile website  Information for the budget traveler, good ecotourism information


Forests and forestry in Chile:

Wikipedia forestry in Chile  Brief overview of the history and current state of forestry resources in Chile

Chile Forest Resources overview.  From the Society of American Foresters. 


Chile's forest industry:

Puerto Lirquen


Forestal Mininco

Forestal Arauco


Forest agencies: (practice your Spanish!)

CONAF Chilean forestry agency, deals with everything from wildfires and Extension to national parks.

INFOR Instituto Forestal.  Chilean forestry research agency. 


Forest conservation:

Valdivian Coast Range.  Nature Conservancy information & photos about place we plan to visit.

An Abundance of Rarities.  Nature Conservancy article about Valdivian Coast.

Chilean Forestry Sector. 2013 Report


Contact information:

We hope to see you in Chile in November!  If you have any questions before then, please feel free to contact us:

Max Bennett, Trip Leader

1 (541) 776 - 7371

Nicole Strong, Trip Leader

1 (541) 829 - 1270

Michele Justice, College of Forestry International Programs Director

1 (541) 737 - 6458