Norte de Neuquén Model Forest

Country: Argentina
Location: Province of Neuquén, Southern Argentina, Northern Patagonia
Year joined IMFN: 2005
Area of Model Forest: 2,482,000 hectares
Regional affiliation: Ibero-American Model Forest Network

Contact information

Alvaro Villegas
Neuquén Capital, Provincia Neuquén, Argentina
Tel: +54-29-9449-5100
Forest profile and resources
The province of Neuquén, located in the northern part of Patagonia, is a study in contrasts. On the one hand, the south, full of natural beauty, has become a desirable tourist destination. The east, where the provincial capital is located and the centre of commercial activity, features several zones for fruit and vegetable cultivation. The centre and northeast are the main areas for petroleum exploitation. Toward the northeast, approaching the Andes, there is a vast arid zone where the main economic activity is goat farming. The Norte de Neuquén Model Forest (NNMF) spans important hydrographic basins; the upper and middle basins of the Neuquén, Barrancas and Colorado rivers.
Economic profile
The productive activities developed in this region define its economy as predominantly a subsistence one, due to the fact that the strategies used meet only the basic needs (as historically and socially determined), but do not maximize the economic benefit. In general, the economic system of the inhabitants in the region is quite diversified: the main activity is livestock farming for meat, which is conducted on an extensive and migratory scale, predominantly involving goats for family consumption and sale.

Agriculture is subsistence-based, in very few cases offering some surplus for sale on the market or for bartering. Farming takes the form of family gardens and the sowing of alfalfa plots. In some cases grains are cultivated, notably wheat and corn. The production of fodder is intended for supplementation of livestock feed, and in some cases also represents supplemental income through the sale of hay.

Other activities include poultry farming and the production of fruits for consumption and local exchange, with added value through the manufacture of sweets and liqueurs, apiculture (which is largely destined for export) and artisanal production using the by-products of livestock farming (leather, wool, jerky) and agricultural production (ñaco, chichoca, mote = grains) and pottery.


Representatives from the legislative branch:

  • President of the provincial legislature
  • Provincial deputy

Representatives from the executive branch:

  • Ministry of land development
  • Coordinator of the ministry of land development

Municipal representatives:

  • Governor of Huinganco
  • Secretary of the treasury of Huinganco
  • Governor of Los Miches
  • Lonko (tribal chief) of the Los Miches community
  • Governor of the community of Las Ovejas
  • Governor of the community of El Cholar

Strategic goals

  1. Forest management – forest fire prevention plan to preserve forest resources and the landscape of the Huinganco communal forest for future generations
  2. Production Plan the production activity at Huingan-Có to promote development, within the framework of sustainable use of the communal forest
  3. Handicrafts
  4. Tourism: articulate and supplement activities to consolidate regional development
  5. Formulate basic guidelines to maintain for future urban interventions, and develop a tool to guide urban growth.
  6. Social aspects: hold workshops and training activities with social groups in the zone
  7. Dissemination: spread the process of participatory planning and all the associated activities