22
Mar
2017

Louis Bacon’s Taos Ski Valley Foundation Provides Renewed Support for the Rio Grande Water Fund

$250,000 Will Improve Forests, Secure Water, Support Recreation                                                 Taos, NM Thanks to The Taos Ski Valley Foundation’s initial donation to The Nature Conservancy for the Rio Grande Water Fund program last year, land managers – for the first time ever – have gained invaluable knowledge about fire history in the Taos area. A recent tree-ring study confirms there were repeated, low intensity fires dating back to the 1300s. On average, fires burned in Taos-area forests every 11 to 43 years. This Taos Ski Valley Foundation-funded research will inform on-the-ground forest thinning projects. The new $250,000 grant will boost the momentum of the Water Fund – a solution that can bring clean water to the Land of Enchantment for generations to come. Water is essential for life and our livelihoods. Nowhere is that more true than in New Mexico. However, the harsh reality is more frequent and severe wildfires with subsequent flooding degrade our rivers, streams and other critical water sources. Without action, New Mexico’s future water supply is at risk. The Nature Conservancy-led Rio Grande Water Fund leverages public and private donations... read more +

22
Feb
2017

Taos Ski Valley Is World’s First Ski Resort to Become a Certified B Corporation

Yahoo Finance TAOS SKI VALLEY, N.M., Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Taos Ski Valley today becomes the first ski resort in the world to become a Certified B Corporation® (B Corp™) by thoroughly demonstrating its commitment to deliberate and thoughtful social, economic and environmental actions. Certified B Corps are required to meet the highest standards of verified economic, social and environmental performance, and public transparency. The B Corp certification further underscores Taos Ski Valley’s investment in the people who live in Northern New Mexico, its commitment to a sustainable economic future, its stewardship of the natural environment, and respect for the visitors who come to experience the area’s beauty and mystique. The performance standards Taos has met are comprehensive, transparent and verified, and going forward, the resort is both ethically and legally required to consider the impact of its decisions on all their stakeholders, a move the company welcomes. “Louis Bacon, the owner of Taos Ski Valley and a lifelong conservation philanthropist, has been completely supportive of these efforts as the long-held values of Taos are being validated... read more +

3
Feb
2017

Possible New Species Of Hammerhead Shark Discovered; Data Obtained in Part During Expedition Funded by Louis Bacon’s Moore Bahamas

DNA finding could have major implications for conservation. MIAMI, Feb. 2, 2017: Scientists have discovered what they believe to be a new species of hammerhead shark, prompting concerns about the species’ vulnerability and whether conservation practices in place today are widespread enough to protect them. The bonnethead, a small species of hammerhead found in the United States, Bahamas, Caribbean and Latin America, has been considered abundant, productive, and widely distributed. However, when scientists recently sequenced the DNA of what they believed to be bonnethead sharks in Belize, they were shocked to find that they are likely an entirely different species. Currently, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists bonnetheads as “Least Concern” for extinction risk, in part because they are described as a single species spread across a large area. The discovery that there might actually be two species with smaller distributional ranges and overall numbers means scientists must reassess each of their extinction vulnerabilities. “Now we have to define the range of each of these species individually and assess them independently against where the potential threats are,” said FIU marine scientist Demian Chapman, who is the lead researcher of the team... read more +

25
Jan
2017

Showing Local Support: Louis Bacon’s Trinchera Blanca Foundation Partners with San Luis Valley Conservation and Community Organizations

Fort Garland, Colo. – The Trinchera Blanca Foundation, the local affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation, provided more than $300,000 in 2016 to support community and conservation organizations in Colorado, the majority of which was allocated to groups in the San Luis Valley. The Foundation’s support, critically informed by longtime Trinchera Blanca Ranch leadership, Ty and Alicia Ryland, helped organizations continue to provide critical services, support local communities, enact meaningful conservation projects and protect important natural resources. “The San Luis Valley, with its unique culture and geography is like nowhere else in the world. We are proud to support these organizations that work tirelessly to protect and benefit the people, land, water and wildlife of the San Luis Valley,” said Ann Colley, Executive Director and Vice President of The Moore Charitable Foundation and its affiliates, including The Trinchera Blanca Foundation. “We are honored to partner with these organizations and look forward to celebrating their many successes ahead.” The Trinchera Blanca Foundation 2016 Partners include: Adams State University Aspen Valley Land Trust Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley Centennial School... read more +

19
Jan
2017

Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation Supports Hot Springs Memorial Hospital and Wyoming Conservation and Community Orgs

Recently, Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital accepted a donation from the Trinchera Blanca Foundation. The foundation, an affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation, supports organizations committed to protecting land, wildlife and wildlife habitat. The foundation also supports community programs dedicated to improving quality of life. On hand to present the donation were Bill Alldredge, Bacon’s Wyoming property manager and staff wildlife ecologist, with Hospital CEO Margie Molitor and Board Chairman Bill Williams accepting. Molitor explained the hospital is currently in the process of some surgery upgrades and knows the money will go to that. She further added it would be used to buy some new instruments for visiting specialists, primarily orthopedic surgeons. During 2016 the Trinchera Blanca Foundation contributed more than $32,000 to entities in Wyoming and especially Hot Springs County. Recipients include the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (Thermopolis) and Wyoming Wildlife Federation. Hot Springs County recipients include: Friends of the Library, Memorial Hospital, Fair Board — Junior Livestock Auction, Search and Rescue and the Museum and Cultural Center. First Published in The Thermopolis Independent Record by Mark Dykes.

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 +