Land Conservation

Rio Grande del Norte. Photo by Irene Owsley

Rio Grande del Norte. Photo by Irene Owsley

13
Feb
2017

Environmental Justice in Colorado’s Conejos Land Grant Region

by Justin Garoutte, Executive Director of Conejos Clean Water Category: , ,

Louis Bacon and The Trinchera Blanca Foundation, an affiliate of  The Moore Charitable Foundation are proud to partner with Conejos Clean Water. It’s another morning in southern Colorado’s Conejos Land Grant Region, a region that has seen more sweat and tears than I will ever know, a region with so much promise, resiliency and aspirations for a brighter future. I walk the aching streets of Antonito, and the warm Colorado sun spreads its blessings upon the adobe houses, houses that were once homes, some that still are, holding on in a town whose heart beats slow and steady for its people, our culture and the land, air and water that give us life. If you walk around town long enough, you’ll eventually find Conejos Clean Water, a grassroots organization, now it its seventh year. Conejos Clean Water came about in 2010 though a struggle for environmental justice when radioactive, hazardous nuclear waste was to be transferred at a site just south of town, right next to the San Antonio River that provides life for our people. We won that... read more +

The Community Preservation Fund (CPF) has provided the five East End Towns of Long Island with an important revenue source to protect what we know and love - land, water and wildlife
16
Nov
2016

A Great Win for Water on the East End of Long Island and a Renewed Call to Action for Land Protection

by Robert S. DeLuca, President and CEO, Group for the East End and John v.H. Halsey, Founder and President, Peconic Land Trust Category:

On November 8th,  East End voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to extend the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund through 2050 and to allow up to 20 percent of its future proceeds to be used for water quality initiatives. Group for the East End and Peconic Land Trust are two of many groups who collaborated to ensure this huge win. Louis Bacon, The Moore Charitable Foundation and local affiliate The Robin’s Island Foundation are longtime supporters of both. Since 1999, the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) has provided the five East End Towns of Long Island with an important revenue source to protect what we know and love – our working farms and natural landscapes, watersheds and habitats, shorelines and wetlands, as well as our historic resources.  While we have achieved so much – over 10,000 acres protected — there is still much to be done. Basically a real estate transfer tax program, the fund has raised more than $1 billion since its inception. An important component of the funding is that the dollars raised, in each town through these sales (2% tax on real... read more +

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17
Oct
2016

Conservation Easements: Keeping Colorado, Colorado

by Amanda Barker, Executive Director, Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts Category: , ,

Colorado has a rich, proud heritage of working landscapes. Our productive farms, ranches, and abundant natural resources stretch from our prairie vistas to our mountain peaks. Coloradans – natives and newcomers, alike – are proud of our lands and we overwhelmingly support protecting them. These working lands have drawn people to Colorado for hundreds of years and they will continue to do so for many years to come. But our state’s continued growth has led to an important balancing act between development and maintaining what makes Colorado, Colorado. As Coloradans know, our state continues to grow. By 2050, the population is expected to exceed 9 million, nearly doubling the current number of residents and putting more pressure on our land and water. These pressures threaten the viability of our farms and ranches as well as iconic landscapes and scenic places. We see those threats becoming realities as family farms and ranches are sold into development, or lost due to financial hardships. There are, however, tools to protect our lands and our heritage. One of those tools is the... read more +

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CO landowners work with public lands for great public benefit. Photo (c) Sebastian Bergmann Siegburg

11
Jul
2016

How a Web-based Tool Can Stimulate Land Stewardship on Private Lands in Colorado

by Amos S. Eno Category:

While land conservation in the early twentieth century was dominated by the designation of public lands at the federal and state levels, private land conservation is and will be the conservation market of the 21st century, particularly in the west. Almost half of the western landscape (47 percent, according to a recent Congressional Research Service report) is managed by five federal agencies: the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Department of Defense. However, even in a state like Idaho, where 62 percent of the land is under federal management, private landowners play a critical and important role in conservation. This is not a new concept. In 1949, Aldo Leopold postulated in A Sand County Almanac: “The geography of conservation is such that most of the best land will always be held privately for agricultural production. The bulk of responsibility for conservation thus necessarily devolves upon the private custodian, especially the farmer.” This is certainly true in Idaho, where private landowners hold 93 percent of the most productive soils, but... read more +

Dusk on the Cape Fear: Wilmington, N.C.
3
Jul
2016

Using the Triple-Bottom Line to Define Best Practice Resource Management in the Cape Fear

by Scott Johnson, Chairman, Cape Fear Economic Development Council Category: ,

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is leading the My Community, My Voice Campaign to engage citizens and business leaders to help adopt the improved community-focused Industrial Special Use Permit (SUP), which advocates for clean and responsible economic growth for New Hanover County. The vote is in the fall; as such, this blog will feature articles and thoughts from business leaders who are in support of this important initiative.  The following entry is the first of a series in WilmingtonBiz.com Insights and reflects the opinion of the Cape Fear Economic Development Council, written by Chairman Scott Johnson. The Cape Fear Economic Development Council (CFEDC) is a nonprofit 501c3 based in Wilmington. For the last eight years we have explored new concepts for addressing our region’s economic growth strategies, while helping identify more suitable and practical alternatives in economic development, land use, energy use and environmental management. CFEDC is neither a think tank nor an academic endeavor, but a group of citizens who believe by using the “triple bottom line” framework (people, profit, planet) to define best practices in land and resource management, we... read more +

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11
May
2016

Louis Bacon accepts TRCP’s award with remarks about conservation successes and future

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On April 27th, Louis Bacon, Founder and Chairman of The Moore Charitable Foundation and its affiliates accepted The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) Lifetime Achievement in Conservation award. In his acceptance speech, he touched on TRCP and conservation successes – and sounded a warning bell about what the conservation movement needs to do in order to guarantee the basic human rights of clean air and water to all people. His remarks in full are published here: I am very, very honored to be here for this prestigious award… an award that is all the more meaningful for me coming from an organization that was founded in honor of Theodore Roosevelt, the childhood hero of mine and of course our country’s first hero of the conservation movement. I am doubly honored tonight to share the awards with two modern-day heroes in today’s conservation movement – Senator Heinrich and Senator Risch, recognized for their political leadership and continuing the environmental legacy of President Roosevelt. You know, for me it is kind of easy to channel TR, given that I live right... read more +

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership 2015 Annual Report
27
Apr
2016

The TRCP: Honoring Louis Bacon’s conservation contributions and celebrating a year of achievements

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Tonight, The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) celebrates its eighth annual Capital Conservation Awards, and will honor three honorees who are building a legacy of support for fish and wildlife on Capitol Hill and across the country. The TRCP’s 2016 Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award will go to Louis Bacon, who, as Founder and Chairman of The Moore Charitable Foundation and its affiliate foundations, has spent more than two decades conserving threatened habitat, protecting open spaces, and safeguarding clean water through the support of more than 200 local, national, and international organizations. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) will be presented with the 2016 James D. Range Conservation Award—named after TRCP’s co-founder and conservation visionary—for their dedication to protecting what sportsmen value from both sides of the aisle in Congress. In recognition of this award today, this blog space would like to highlight the important work that the TRCP does every day to unite and amplify the voices of conservation, in particular those of sportsmen and women and their organizations. Below is a recent post from their content- and issue-rich... read more +

Zion National Park in Utah by Tom Morris (www.sharetheexperience.org).
21
Apr
2016

Secretary Jewell: The Next 100 Years of American Conservation

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On April 27th, The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership will be awarding the 2016 Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award to Louis Bacon. As The Moore Charitable Foundation gears up to this event and we celebrate both Earth Day and National Parks Week, we reflect on the state of conservation, open spaces nationally – and on our responsibility to guarantee the future for our next generations.  This week, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell released a statement about the need for a course correction in the way America conserves our public lands, waters and wildlife. Here is her statement, as repurposed from Medium. The Next 100 Years of American Conservation This week is National Park Week — a time when we celebrate the more than 400 natural, historical and cultural sites that make up the most incredible parks system on Earth. Places that attract visitors from around the world and inspire other nations to follow our lead. But being the “best” wasn’t always a forgone conclusion. During World War II, national parks fell into a state of disrepair. Congress, needing to fund the war effort, directed... read more +