10
May
2016

Louis Bacon’s Moore Bahamas Foundation Supports Shark Week School Tour

05.09.2016 – New Providence, The Bahamas. Last week students in Nassau were surprised to learn that sharks in the Bahamas control the weather. Marine Biologist, Dr. Demian Chapman, from Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and Global FinPrint, explained how during his school presentation. “They make it rain.” The joke, played out during a presentation illustrated the undeniable connection between thriving shark populations in The Bahamas and its booming shark tourism industry, thanks in part to the Bahamas Shark Sanctuary established in 2011. Marine biologist Dr. Chapman engages grade 5 students at St. Anne’s School in New Providence during a conversation about sharks. The school visits, funded by The Moore Bahamas Foundation (MBF) and coordinated by the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (B.R.E.E.F.), formed the education and outreach portion of a larger shark expedition, now in its fourth year and also supported by MBF. During the expedition, scientists tag and track sharks throughout The Bahamas to better understand their behaviors and priority habitats. The findings of these expeditions are central in documenting and promoting healthy shark populations... read more +

6
May
2016

Louis Bacon’s Islas Secas Foundation supports Panacetacea Whale Monitoring Program

04.28.2016 – Today Panacetacea thanks The Islas Secas Foundation, the Panama affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation, for supporting another successful year of their long-term humpback whale monitoring project in the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama. This year Panacetacea had the third highest sighting rate since the project began in 2002, identifying 110 individual whales and continuing to see many small calves born in these waters. Panacetacea is a nonprofit organization comprised of biologists with a variety of scientific and national backgrounds, all dedicated to the study and conservation of the dolphins and whales of Panama. Panacetacea produces high quality scientific studies, develops capacity building, and conducts educational and outreach activities in order to ensure proper management and conservation of these important species. Through collaborations and internship programs, Panacetacea provides opportunities to Panamanian and other Latin American students, scientists, non-government and government organizations. This year The Islas Secas Foundation also provided support for two community outreach days, allowing Panacetacea to bring local schoolchildren from Boca Chica to Islas Secas for whale watching trips. These visits included presentations on ocean... read more +

28
Apr
2016

TRCP Celebrates Three Champions of Habitat Conservation and Sportsmen’s Access at D.C. Gala

Conservation philanthropist Louis Bacon, Sen. Martin Heinrich, and Sen. James Risch recognized at eighth annual awards dinner WASHINGTON, D.C. – At its eighth annual Capital Conservation Awards Dinner last night, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership celebrated three honorees building a legacy of support for fish and wildlife on Capitol Hill and across the country: conservation philanthropist Louis Bacon, Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Senator James Risch (R-Idaho). The gala event, held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., and emceed by political commentator S.E. Cupp, brought together policy-makers, conservation advocates, and outdoor industry leaders. Bacon received TRCP’s 2016 Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award after more than two decades of supporting efforts to conserve threatened habitat, protect open spaces, and safeguard clean water through The Moore Charitable Foundation, which he founded in 1992. In his opening statement last night, TRCP President and CEO Whit Fosburgh extolled Bacon’s remarkable work with former Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create the 170,000-acre centerpiece of the Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area, the nation’s 558th unit of... read more +

25
Apr
2016

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership to honor Louis Bacon with Lifetime Achievement in Conservation Award

This week, Louis Bacon, The Moore Charitable Foundation‘s Chairman and Founder, will receive a life achievement award in conservation from the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP). We are honored by this recognition from an organization that works tirelessly to unite and amplify the many voices of sportsmen and environmental groups for the preservation and enjoyment of land and wildlife for future generations. Learn more about the TRCP by watching this overview video, and subscribe to their blog for great news from the world of conservation, wildlife and sport hunting and fishing.  

31
Mar
2016

Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation establishes Science-to-Action Fund at Princeton

03.31.2016 PRINCETON, NJ In a unique effort to combine the expertise of university scientists and conservation organizations, Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation has pledged $1.25 million to establish the Science-to-Action Fund at Princeton University. The fund will support environmental research that advances scientific understanding and practical, on-the-ground solutions in order to ensure the sustainable and rational use of freshwater for all. “This gift will spark new approaches to environmental challenges that cannot be solved in silos. Effective solutions in this sphere require rigorous science, informed citizens, and wise policy,” said H. Vincent Poor, dean of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. “We are very grateful for the generosity and vision of Louis Bacon and the Moore Charitable Foundation.” With support from the Science-to-Action Fund, Princeton faculty and students will partner with experts from leading conservation organizations, including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, to conduct research aimed at solving challenges associated with freshwater ecosystems and species conservation, particularly in North Carolina and New York. Research teams will include students as well as scientists, engineers, and policy experts. “I look forward to... read more +

22
Mar
2016

Louis Bacon’s Orton Foundation Provides Support For Towncreek Vision Corporation Partnership With The Fund

03.22. 2016 BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C.—The Conservation Fund today announced additional support from The Orton Foundation, the North Carolina affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation, for the Resourceful Communities program’s partnership with the Towncreek Vision Corporation. The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities program provides a broad range of capacity-building support to over 500 grassroots groups in multiple states to help strengthen organizations, connect groups to each other and to resources, and advance community-based projects. The program helps local leaders improve the economic, social and environmental standing of their communities. Towncreek Vision Corporation (TCVC) works to ensure a better future for the youth and senior citizens of the Leland/Towncreek community of Brunswick County, North Carolina. By implementing various community enrichment programs—including brick masonry training programs, a summer food program for children, a food pantry, sports programs, after-school tutoring and summer camps—TCVC strives to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of community members of all ages. TCVC utilizes the time and talents of retired citizens within the community to teach valuable skills and pass on life lessons to younger... read more +

10
Mar
2016

Louis Bacon’s Trinchera Blanca Foundation Ensures Conservation of Colorado’s Acequia Water Rights

03.10.2016 SAN LUIS VALLEY, CO – Colorado Open Lands (COL) today announced that a generous grant from The Trinchera Blanca Foundation, the Colorado affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation, will not only support its ongoing partnership with the acequia community to increase awareness of conservation options, but will also directly support the permanent protection of an iconic acequia-irrigated ranch. Acequia is an Arabic word that means “water bearer.” An acequia is a physical irrigation system – a ditch – but the term “acequia” in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado also describes a philosophy about water and community.  The acequia philosophy sees water as essentially communal; a resource that must be shared. Funding from The Trinchera Blanca Foundation will enable the permanent conservation of the Rio Culebra Ranch, located just outside of the town of San Luis, Colorado’s oldest town. The ranch protects critical viewsheds from the town and from the famous Stations of the Cross.  The designated Centennial ranch has been in the same family for over 150 years and has a rich multi-generational tradition of... read more +

8
Mar
2016

Louis Bacon’s Moore Bahamas Foundation provides grant to help BNT protect Queen Conch populations

BNT praises Bacon’s grant as ‘underpinning of the campaign to save conch’ 03.08.2016 – NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas National Trust today announced that it has received a third $50,000 grant from The Moore Bahamas Foundation, the local affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation, to support its work to protect the rapidly declining population of the iconic Queen Conch. This is the third year that funding from The Moore Bahamas Foundation is supporting the partnership between Bahamas National Trust, the Government of The Bahamas, corporate Bahamas and the conservation community which has formed the Conchservation Campaign (pronounced Conch-servation). This year’s donation brings the total of The Moore Bahamas Foundation grants to $150,000 in the campaign to protect the conch population from depletion. The Conchservation Campaign was formed in response to the startling results of research showing that traditional Queen Conch (Lobatus gigas) fishing grounds in The Bahamas were showing signs of possible collapse, according to BNT Executive Director Eric Carey. “It is important to remember that we still have an opportunity to maintain viable conch fishery but we must... read more +

2
Mar
2016

Louis Bacon’s Moore Bahamas Foundation grant helps BREEF bring marine education to life for more than 700 students

The Bahamas Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) today announced a $50,000 grant from Louis Bacon’s Moore Bahamas Foundation to support the protection of the fragile coral reefs of The Bahamas and maintain ongoing marine education programs for more than 700 local students a year. For the third year, funding from The Moore Bahamas Foundation will support BREEF’s research and field studies coordinator, providing vital marine experiences and hands-on environmental knowledge to students. “BREEF exposes students to the wonders of marine life and we are proud to support their commitment to education and the environment,” said Mr. Bacon, a conservation philanthropist whose contributions have supported environmental education and the preservation of marine environments around the world. Last year’s donation allowed BREEF to appoint Chantal Curtis to the post of Environmental Educator. With a background in forensic science and teaching, Ms. Curtis has increased the number of students on field trips by 26 percent over the previous year, making it the greatest outreach since BREEF was founded in 1993 by the late Sir Nicholas Nuttall. “Much of what we do is... read more +

17
Feb
2016

Louis Bacon’s Orton Foundation Awards Grant to Audubon North America

Funds Will Support Important Coastal Bird Sanctuaries in Brunswick County Chapel Hill, N.C. (January 15, 2016) – Audubon North Carolina’s Sharing our Seas & Shores program has received a $12,000 grant from The Orton Foundation, the North Carolina affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation. The funds will support work to preserve, protect and engage citizens in bird conservation for the coastal island sanctuaries along the Cape Fear River. Audubon sought funding to continue and expand work on the Brunswick County sanctuaries, which support significant populations of birds with high conservation concern. The local islands are critical sites for nesting and wintering birds. The grant will improve foraging habitat for nesting American Oystercatchers and allow researchers to survey the existence and numbers of wintering seaside sparrows and saltmarsh sparrows. “The Seas & Shores program is a critical piece to protecting birds in North Carolina,” said Heather Hahn, Audubon North Carolina’s Executive Director. “Nearly two-thirds of the state’s White Ibis nest here, as well the largest concentration of wintering oystercatchers found in North Carolina.” Hahn added, “Brunswick County is... read more +