12
Jan
2017

Nature Conservancy NC Controlled Burns Season Starting; Specific Burn and Forest Restoration Work Funded By Louis Bacon’s Orton Foundation

From North Carolina News Network DURHAM – The Nature Conservancy is launching its 2017 controlled burn season in Southeastern North Carolina.  Between January and August, the Conservancy hopes to burn several thousand acres on its preserves in Brunswick, Pender, Bladen, Columbus, and Onslow counties. Controlled burning is good for nature and people. Longleaf pine forests are fire dependent. Without burning, they will disappear along with the plants and animals that live there, including carnivorous Venus flytraps that only grow in a small corner of the universe roughly 75 miles around Wilmington, and federally endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers. Controlled burning also removes fuel that could drive wildfires with the potential to harm people and structures. The Conservancy will conduct burns in the same areas that it has in the past, including the Green Swamp in Brunswick County. This year the Conservancy will also be burning on the newly acquired Orton Creek tract in Southeastern Brunswick County. This 968-acre tract, which lies just south of Boiling Spring Lakes, contains good stands of longleaf pine that will benefit from the reintroduction of... read more +

9
Jan
2017

Landmark Agreement: New York State and Entergy to Shut Down Aging Indian Point Nuclear Power Reactors by 2021

Entergy to close Indian Point nuclear plant in landmark agreement Reactors scheduled to cease operations within four years Spent fuel will be transferred to secure ‘dry cask’ storage More inspections of vital components will be required during operations $15 million environment and community fund established Ossining, NY — New York State and Entergy have reached an agreement for the shutdown of the two aging nuclear reactors at the Indian Point Energy Center by 2021. These dates are very likely sooner than what could have been achieved through litigation, which could have dragged on much longer, with no guarantee of success. The agreement also cuts 14 years off the closing date requested by Entergy. Riverkeeper was party to the agreement on behalf of its partners, which include Scenic Hudson. Under this agreement: The Unit 2 reactor will permanently cease operations no later than April 30, 2020 and the Unit 3 reactor will permanently cease operations no later than April 30, 2021. Entergy will also move a set yearly number of spent fuel rods from their dangerous storage pools to dry cask storage on... read more +

6
Jan
2017

President Obama Denies All Pending Permits for Seismic Airgun Blasting in Atlantic Ocean

Louis Bacon and The Moore Charitable Foundation are proud to support Oceana’s efforts to protect the Atlantic from offshore drilling and seismic testing, and congratulate them on their successful campaign that will benefit coastal communities, the ocean, and marine life for future generations. WASHINGTON – Today, the Obama administration formally denied all pending permits to conduct seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean. Seismic airgun blasting, an extremely loud and dangerous process used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean’s surface, was originally proposed in an area twice the size of California, stretching from Delaware to Florida. This announcement follows several recent historic moves by the Obama administration to decrease America’s dependence on dirty fossil fuels, including the removal of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans from the five year program (from 2017-2022) for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf and the permanent protection of important areas of the Atlantic and Arctic from future offshore drilling. Oceana applauded the announcement and released the following statement from campaign director Claire Douglass: “Today, we thank the Obama administration for finishing the job in protecting the Atlantic Ocean from offshore drilling activities. East Coast communities can... read more +

19
Dec
2016

Dosher Foundation receives $30,000 grant from Louis Bacon’s Orton Foundation

SOUTHPORT— Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation has received a $30,000 grant from The Orton Foundation, the North Carolina affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation, for the hospital’s Emergency Department, which treats more than 13,000 patients per year. “The Orton Foundation recognizes the excellent work that Dosher Memorial Hospital does for the community and has supported us for a total of $80,000 over the past three years,” said Lynda Stanley, Dosher Foundation president. “Generous partners like The Orton Foundation are vital to the success of our hospital in providing critical care services to our patients.” The funds will go toward the purchase of three motorized stretchers for the Emergency Department, which earned two national awards in 2016 for providing high patient satisfaction for two consecutive years. “We are proud to partner with Dosher Memorial Hospital to provide critical services and improved medical access to the people of North Carolina,” said Louis Bacon, Founder and Chairman of The Moore Charitable Foundation and its affiliates. About Dosher Memorial Hospital Dosher Memorial Hospital is the only independent critical access hospital in North Carolina. Founded in... read more +

8
Dec
2016

Middlebury College Carbon Neutrality Reached Thanks to Bread Loaf Fund and Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation

Middlebury College announced today that it has met its goal of a net zero carbon emissions footprint by the end of 2016, fulfilling a commitment made in 2007 by then-president Ronald D. Liebowitz and making Middlebury the fourth college campus in the U.S. to declare itself carbon neutral. Nearly all of the current carbon footprint will be offset by carbon credits earned from a land trust agreement on 2,100 acres of College-owned forest land in the Bread Loaf Wilderness in Ripton, Vt. The tract will be protected through a conservation easement held by the Vermont Land Trust. The College established the Bread Loaf Preservation Fund in 2014 to preserve the land “in perpetuity.” The fund is financed in part by The Moore Charitable Foundation, which is chaired by Louis Bacon ’79, a conservation philanthropist and a College trustee. Bluesource LLC, a privately-held firm based in Utah, conducted field studies on the tract in October and November to estimate the amount of carbon sequestered in the forest. Another party will have to independently verify this number before the College can... read more +

29
Nov
2016

Denver Business Journal: A voice for ‘common sense’ speaks out for Western ranchers

Cathy Proctor, Reporter, Denver Business Journal The sweeping vistas of the American West are vast, and home to deep divisions over how the millions of acres — a mix of private and public land that supports families, communities and wildlife — should be used. In 2011, the nonprofit Western Landowners Alliance, based in Santa Fe, formed to help give ranch owners and managers a voice in the conversation, and also to provide a network among peers to share information about what works — and what doesn’t — in managing a ranch sustainably. “Our focus is keeping lands economically viable and prosperous, and to not have such a polarized conversation on how to do that,” said Lesli Allison, a founding member and executive director of the alliance. The polarization is visible on many fronts, Allison said. “It’s environmentalists versus the ranchers, it’s urban versus rural, Trump versus Clinton, but the people are ready for public dialogue and they are tired of polarization. You can’t manage these lands by sound bite and the landowners haven’t been represented,” she said. The organization is... read more +

29
Nov
2016

Denver Business Journal: A voice for ‘common sense’ speaks out for Western ranchers

Cathy Proctor, Reporter, Denver Business Journal The sweeping vistas of the American West are vast, and home to deep divisions over how the millions of acres — a mix of private and public land that supports families, communities and wildlife — should be used. In 2011, the nonprofit Western Landowners Alliance, based in Santa Fe, formed to help give ranch owners and managers a voice in the conversation, and also to provide a network among peers to share information about what works — and what doesn’t — in managing a ranch sustainably. “Our focus is keeping lands economically viable and prosperous, and to not have such a polarized conversation on how to do that,” said Lesli Allison, a founding member and executive director of the alliance. The polarization is visible on many fronts, Allison said. “It’s environmentalists versus the ranchers, it’s urban versus rural, Trump versus Clinton, but the people are ready for public dialogue and they are tired of polarization. You can’t manage these lands by sound bite and the landowners haven’t been represented,” she said. The organization is focused on... read more +

15
Nov
2016

Waterkeeper Alliance and North Carolina Riverkeepers Launch “The True Cost of Industrial Meat Production” Environmental Justice Video Campaign

Series captures environmental injustices perpetrated by the pork industry against North Carolina’s most vulnerable populations by Waterkeeper Alliance NEW YORK, NY — Waterkeeper Alliance and thirteen North Carolina Riverkeeper organizations have launched a new environmental justice video campaign that captures the struggle of community members living with the impacts of industrial farm pollution. Titled The True Cost of Industrial Meat Production, the campaign aims to raise awareness of environmental injustices being perpetrated against North Carolina’s most vulnerable populations and features powerful, first-hand accounts of community members, esteemed scientific experts, and local people on the ground. This campaign shows the devastating impacts to public health, quality of life, and local waterways caused by industrial animal agriculture. The campaign is comprised of nine short videos, designed specifically for viewing on social media: “The True Cost of Industrial Meat Production” — An overview of what is happening in North Carolina, where industrial animal production has taken the place of family farms. “Wasting Away” — Highlights the problem of industrial animal waste and how the pork industry is not being held accountable to dispose of it correctly. “Belly Up” —... read more +

5
Nov
2016

Southport, North Carolina’s John N. Smith Cemetery announces grant from Louis Bacon’s Orton Foundation

The John N. Smith Cemetery today announced a $14,500 grant from The Orton Foundation, the North Carolina affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation. Established in 1880, this African American Cemetery is located on Leonard Street in Southport, North Carolina. Preservation of the Cemetery has deep historical and spiritual significance for the Southport community. The grant will enable the Cemetery to install a new perimeter fence around the property. “Thanks to the timely and generous support of The Orton Foundation we are moving further down the road of success,” said Judy Gordon, President of the John N. Smith Cemetery’s Board of Directors. “Beyond its financial value, The Orton Foundation’s contribution will raise the credibility and visibility of our renovation and preservation efforts,” said Gordon Walker, a spokesperson for the Cemetery’s Board of Directors. Preservation activities include cleaning and repairing headstones, locating and posting unmarked gravesites, and landscaping improvements. The Board of Directors is also designing programs about the important contributions earlier African Americans made to the cultural, social and economic prosperity of Southport. Volunteers are currently gathering documentation about African American veterans... read more +

12
Oct
2016

Hurricane Matthew Response – Waterkeeper Alliance Offers Opportunities for Aerial Flights Over Impacted Areas

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA — As treacherous floods continue to devastate North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Waterkeeper Alliance and 13 North Carolina Riverkeeper organizations are actively working to document the potential devastating impacts of flooded coal ash ponds, factory swine, and poultry facilities on the state’s waterways. The combined impacts of flooded coal ash ponds, factory swine, and poultry facilities have the potential to deliver a devastating triple whammy to the state’s waterways. Hardest hit will be the Neuse and Cape Fear river basins, as they have the highest concentration of these massive industrial sites with waste ponds larger than football stadiums. Waterkeeper Alliance and the Riverkeeper organizations have already captured photos that show the submersion of industrial waste ponds at the Lee coal-fired power plant and at many industrial meat facilities. They are keeping close watch on the potential for the waters to rise over coal ash ponds and mix with river water, carrying the toxic waste downstream or being spilled directly into the Neuse River impacting communities. The organizations are also closely monitoring industrial... read more +