Forestry students standing in a forest

The Chile Initiative

The Chile Initiative fosters academic and professional connections, supports scholars in the field, hosts international seminars, and enables faculty to create learning opportunities for their students.

The College of Forestry partners with Chilean researchers, nonprofits, and businesses on collaborative projects in the field of forestry, from silvicultural management to ecotourism. Chilean and Oregon State students (undergraduate and graduate) are encouraged to engage in exchange programs at OSU and our partnerships with Universidad de Concepción, Universidad Austral de Chile and Universidad del Bío Bío. In the past, College of Forestry students have participated in internships in Chile focused on the forest industry, ecosystem services, forest restoration and policy, and international trade. Check out photos from previous students' trips on our Flickr page here

Through the Chile Initiative, the College of Forestry hopes to promote a global, holistic experience for students and researchers alike. 


The following resources may be helpful for those planning on travelling to Chile or looking to learn more about the country and their forestry practices.


Forests and Forestry

CONAF - Chilean Forest Statistics

ENNCCRV - National Strategy of Forests Resources and Climate Change

WWF Ecoregions - Temperate Forests in South America


Major Players in Chilean Forestry

Forestal Mininco

Forestal Arauco


Forestry Agencies

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

INFOR Instituto Forestal.  Chilean forestry research agency. 


General Tourism Information

Chilean Embassy in the United States - Helpful basic information for travel in Chile.

Chilean Tourist Board - General information about things to see and do in Chile

Lonely Planet Chile  - Information for the adventurous traveler, good ecotourism information


Reserves, Parks, and Ecotourism

Huilo Huilo Reserve and Ecotourism Resort  - Outdoor activities and spectacular wooden architecture