Option 3: Llancahuespaces
Native forests conservation and management for water supply: management of the Llancahue basin
Wednesday 07 November · 1 day
Includes: transportation, snack and lunch
We will visit Llancahue, located approximately 15 kilometers from the city of Valdivia. In this place there is a known fiscal property in which a basin that supplies water to the city of Valdivia is inserted. The Llancahue basin has approximately 1,270 ha and hosts evergreen native forests of high conservation relevance at an international, national and local level. These forests are managed by the Universidad Austral de Chile. The visit includes a) a walk along paths that run through native forests in different stages of development and species composition; b) a visit to experimental sites where the relationship between forests and the quality and quantity of water is studied; c) a visit to the water purification plant, from where Aguas Décima captures the water delivered by the basin, and d) a typical barbecue lunch in a near restaurant (meat, potatoes, salad, fruit, drinks). A vegetarian option will be available upon request.
- 15 km from Valdivia (1.5 hours walk)
- 9:00 am – 7:30 pm. Start-return from Valdivia
Field Trip at no extra cost
Paper of interest
Hervé-Fernández P, Oyarzún C. Brumbt C, Huygens D, Bodé S, Verhoest N, Boeck P. Assessing the “two water worlds” hypothesis and water sources for native and exotic evergreen species in south-central Chile. 2016. Hydrological Processes 30:4227–4241.
Donoso P, Frene C, Flores M, Moorman M, Oyarzún C, Zavaleta J. Balancing water supply and old-growth forest conservation in the lowlands of south-central Chile through adaptive co-management. Landscape Ecology (2014) 29:245–260