8
Jul
2016

Riverhead News Review: Environmentalists sue federal agencies over Plum Island sale

A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit against two federal agencies in an attempt to block the prospective sale of Plum Island to the highest bidder, federal court records show. The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District Court of New York Thursday, the same day the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that aims to block the government’s sale of Plum Island by barring the use of federal funds to market or sell the property. The complaint, which was filed by Save the Sound, Peconic Baykeeper and Group for the East End, among others, was announced at a press conference at Orient Point County Park Friday. The lawsuit, which names the U.S. General Services Administration and the Department of Homeland Security as defendants along with the heads of each agency, alleges the federal government has violated environmental laws by failing to consider conservation as an alternative as it attempts to recoup some of the expense of relocating the existing animal research center to a more than $1 billion facility it is building in Kansas.... read more +

22
Jun
2016

Fields Of Filth: Landmark Report Maps Feces-Laden Hog And Chicken Operations In North Carolina

Waterkeeper Alliance Contact: Tina Posterli, Waterkeeper Alliance, 212.747.0622 or tposterli@waterkeeper.org WASHINGTON- A first-of-its-kind interactive map revealing the locations of more than 6,500 concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, across the state of North Carolina was released today by Waterkeeper Alliance, North Carolina Riverkeeper organizations and Environmental Working Group. In addition to swine and cattle CAFOs, the project documents the locations of over 3,900 poultry operations, which up until now have been shielded from the people of North Carolina. The maps, which EWG and Waterkeeper Alliance researchers constructed over more than three years, provide a never-before-seen aerial view of the CAFOs blanketing the state. This includes the manure lagoons from swine operations, detailing how close they are to streams, rivers and other public water sources. The maps feature satellite photos of each of the thousands of facilities. The unprecedented mapping project identifies approximate locations of all swine, poultry and cattle CAFO operations in the state, as well as the size of the operations. The online maps allow users to view total estimated waste outputs on a facility, watershed, county... read more +

10
Jun
2016

Action Alert: Stop the Hog Industry from Spraying Pig Waste on Our Homes

Please join Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation and Waterkeeper Alliance in asking the Environmental Protection Agency to protect all communities from the dangerous pollution of industrial hog operations in North Carolina. By signing the petition started by local resident Elsie Herring, you can help demand nondiscriminatory policies and that uphold the basic right of all people to clean air and water. The petition will be delivered to Office of General Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency, Avi Garbow. Stop the Hog Industry from Spraying Pig Waste on Our Homes The hog operation next door makes my life miserable. The pork industry down here in North Carolina places profits over my civil rights. I have no choice but to live with spray manure blowing onto my property. There’s an increase in snakes, rats, flies, and mosquitoes. There’s a horrific odor seeping into my house even when the windows are shut as the Health Department has advised. Please sign my petition telling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights to help stop the civil rights violations here in North Carolina and protect families like mine from exposure... read more +

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 +