In January 2016, The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) announced the recipients of its eighth annual Capital Conservation Awards to be presented this Spring to three honorees building a legacy of support for fish and wildlife.
TRCP’s 2016 Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award will go to Louis Bacon, Founder and Chairman of The Moore Charitable Foundation (“MCF”) and its affiliates, including The Moore Bahamas Foundation. U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (New Mexico) and U.S. Senator Jim Risch (Idaho) will be presented with the 2016 James D. Range Conservation Award—named after TRCP’s co-founder and conservation visionary—for their dedication to conservation.
This award is the latest in a number of honors recognizing Mr. Bacon for his commitment to conservation, including the Audubon Medal, the Chairman’s Leadership Award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Land Trust Alliance President’s Award and the Foreign Policy Association Medal.
In their announcement, TRCP lauded Mr. Bacon, noting he “has spent more than two decades conserving threatened habitat, protecting open spaces and safeguarding clean water through the support of more than 200 local, national, and international organizations.”
Through The Moore Charitable Foundation, Mr. Bacon supports efforts to protect threatened marine species, preserve open waters and safeguard against the dangers of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU). This encompasses projects from The Bahamas’ Clifton Bay to Ascension Island, where support from Mr. Bacon will help to create a marine reserve nearly the size of the United Kingdom. MCF also supports the visionary Billion Oyster Project, a large-scale plan to restore one billion live oysters to New York Harbor over the next 20 years by engaging thousands of local students to restore the harbor, returning oysters and their reef habitat, resulting in cleaner water and greater biodiversity.
The Moore Bahamas Foundation proudly supports several local organizations in The Bahamas including BREEF, The Bahamas National Trust, The Nature Conservancy and Save The Bays.
About the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the TRCP is a coalition of organizations and grassroots partners working together to preserve the traditions of hunting and fishing. Their efforts to ensure access to quality fish and wildlife habitat safeguards the $646-billion contribution that sportsmen make to the American economy.
About Louis Bacon and The Moore Charitable Foundation
Louis Bacon is a conservation philanthropist who has spent more than two decades supporting efforts to protect natural resources in the United States and abroad. Mr. Bacon is the Founder and Chairman of The Moore Charitable Foundation, Inc. (“MCF”) and its affiliate foundations across North America, spanning southern Colorado, northern New Mexico, eastern North Carolina, The Bahamas, Panama and Long Island, New York. Mr. Bacon founded MCF in 1992. MCF supports conservation nonprofits and community programs that focus on protecting threatened landscapes, habitats and water bodies across the world. MCF works with conservation experts and leaders and has provided significant funding to more than 200 local, national and international environmental organizations.
About The Moore Bahamas Foundation
The Moore Bahamas Foundation (MBF), the Bahamas affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation, seeks to promote environmental education in the diverse ecosystems of The Bahamas. MBF supports environmental education to encourage protection of the fragile marine environment that constitutes 90% of the island nation. MBF supports marine education programs that prove successful in building awareness, particularly among students, about the importance of preserving precious marine and land resources. MBF also supports health, conservation and marine research efforts.
Mia Sheppard, TRCP Oregon Field Representative, and daughter on Oregon River. Photo credit: Mia Sheppard