13
Jun
2017

Culebra Range Coalition Receives Money from Louis Bacon’s Tercio Foundation for Scholarships

Stonewall, CO —  Culebra Range Community Coalition (CRCC) today announced renewed support from Louis Bacon‘s Tercio Foundation for its Environmental Scholarship Program to help local graduating seniors attend college and prepare for careers in land and water conservation fields. CRCC currently has 19 local students on scholarship, studying ways to protect and enhance the environment. The first scholarships were awarded in 2012 and the Tercio Foundation has provided support for the program since its inception. “Culebra Range Community Coalition is an essential partner in the Trinidad community working to improve wildlife habitat, reduce the risk of destructive forest fires, and encourage youth to pursue conservation-related careers. We applaud their efforts and are honored to support the Environmental Scholarship Program,” said Ann Colley, Executive Vice President of The Tercio Foundation. “We believe that investing in youth and the environment is a strong strategy for protecting and enhancing our beautiful natural landscape and being able to invest in bright local youth going off to college to study in any field that can benefit the environment is one way that we can do that,”... read more +

31
May
2017

Partnering on Forest Health: The Orton Foundation Partners with The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to Restore Longleaf Pine

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Louis Bacon’s Orton Foundation, an affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation, have announced a new partnership to restore and enhance the longleaf pine ecosystem in eastern North Carolina. The Orton Foundation’s grant of $300,000 underscores the central role that North Carolina will play in order to successfully restore longleaf pine habitat across the Southeast. The partnership will include using prescribed burning to improve forest health. The ecosystem once covered much of the South-east, but about 97 percent has been lost over time. Longleaf forests support several endangered species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker. Orton’s grant will support projects through the Longleaf Stewardship Fund, a public-private partnership managed by NFWF that provides strategic grants to expand, enhance and accelerate longleaf pine ecosystem restoration across its historic range. These funds will be combined with additional funding from NFWF and its partners through the 2017 Longleaf Stewardship Fund grant cycle for work in eastern North Carolina. Priorities will include planting longleaf pine in areas chosen for restoration through science-based planning and enhancing existing longleaf... read more +

11
Apr
2017

Breaking News: DC Circuit Court orders EPA to close dangerous loophole for concentrated animal feeding operations

Posted by Waterkeeper Alliance Today, Waterkeeper Alliance announced the DC Circuit Court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to close a loophole that has allowed hazardous substances released into the environment by concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to go unreported. “We applaud the DC Circuit Court’s clear decision to enforce this vital environmental safeguard to protect public safety,” said Earthjustice attorney Jonathan Smith, who helped argue the case before the Court. “In the words of the Court, the risk of air emissions from CAFOs ‘isn’t just theoretical; people have become seriously ill and even died’ from these emissions. But the public cannot protect itself from these hazardous substances if CAFOs aren’t required to report their releases to the public. The loophole also prevented reporting of these toxics to local and state responders, and the Court held that plainly violated the law.” CAFOs are large-scale livestock facilities that confine large numbers of animals in relatively small spaces. A large CAFO may contain upward of 1,000 cattle, 2,500 hogs or 125,000 chickens. Such facilities generate a massive amount of urine and feces, which is commonly liquefied and either stored... read more +

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 +