Audubon Medal 2013 Awardee - Louis Bacon
Louis Bacon has been advocating for more than twenty years for conservation and protection of natural resources in the United States and abroad. Raised as an avid outdoor sportsman, Louis developed a reverence for the natural world, which spurred his lifelong passion for land and water conservation. In 1992, he created the Moore Charitable Foundation to support organizations that preserve and protect wildlife habitat. Since its inception, the foundation has provided significant funding to more than 200 local, national and international conservation organizations. He was the primary sponsor of the Peconic Baykeeper and founding sponsor of Waterkeeper Alliance.
Mr. Bacon's conservation achievements include his campaign to preserve Clifton Point, Bahamas and create the Bahamas Clifton Heritage Park; his donation of a conservation easement and development of a habitat restoration and management plan on Robins Island, Long Island, that will preserve the island as a haven for endangered shorebirds including Least terns and Piping plover; the restoration of an extensive habitat of rice fields, marshes and long leaf pine forest at Orton Plantation in North Carolina, which at the turn of the century was the home to the only known colony of great egrets, to increase the populations of egrets, herons and the endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker to the area; his support of The Nature Conservancy's creation of a 50-acre safe haven for three protected bird species on Tern Island, New York; and support of efforts to protect the Everglades, key to wading birds like the Roseate spoonbill. He is a leading supporter of the National Audubon Society, its state field operations and numerous chapters.
In 2012, conservation easements were donated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) protecting in perpetuity approximately 167,000 acres of the Blanca Trinchera Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains bordering the San Luis Valley in Colorado, making these the largest conservation easement donations received by FWS. They represent the first step in the formal establishment of the Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area as the nation's 558th unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System and set a precedent for others to follow in the future. Mr. Bacon is the founder and CEO of Moore Capital Management, LP and received his B.A. in American Literature from Middlebury College and his M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia Business School.