The forest sees Marco Bentzien – and certainly not only him – as a source of life. It gives us the air to breathe, stores the vital water in its soil, provides shade and protection for plants and animals.
Accordingly, the forest must be treated and processed carefully. Sustainable forestry or natural forest management is the keyword here, whereby humans certainly take their share to life, for example wood for heating, for the construction of buildings and furniture or for the production of heat and electricity. The art is to keep the balance, so in no case to take more than to regrow, rather less.
Gradually, the natural forests on the Fundo be scoured in this way, in certain places to be reforested, but only with natural trees such as Coigüe, Rauli, Roble or Lenga. Around the mountain lake Laguna Blanca nature is completely left alone. This is about the protection of one of the oldest tree species in the world, the Araucaria. The Fundo is fortunate enough to be able to preserve large stocks of this unique tree, which looks like a prickly fir tree in its youth and like a screen in old age. Our guests on their excursions admire these trees, which can be distinguished into male and female specimens. The female in autumn throw off big green balls, from which the Piñones, tthese are the nuts of the Araucarias, spring out. Many dishes can be refined with these nuts, which were considered to be the staple foods of indigenous peoples for centuries until today.