Conservation Philanthropist Louis Bacon Receives Land Trust Alliance President’s Award

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Recognition Comes at Nation’s Largest Gathering of Land Conservation Leaders

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The Land Trust Alliance is charting an excellent course for the future of conservation, and I am humbled and honored to receive their President’s Award.

Louis Bacon, a leading conservation philanthropist who founded The Moore Charitable Foundation, became the fourth recipient of the Land Trust Alliance President’s Award for Conservation Leadership during its annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island.

The award, given Sept. 18 during the welcoming dinner of Rally 2014: The National Land Conservation Conference, celebrates “an individual whose leadership has enriched the land conservation movement and whose contributions encourage commitment and action throughout the land trust community and private landowner community.” The President’s Award is among the highest honors from the land trust community, and is only awarded on a special, selective basis.

In accepting the award, Mr. Bacon said, “The Land Trust Alliance is charting an excellent course for the future of conservation, and I am humbled and honored to receive their President’s Award. Increasing the pace of conservation in America is critical to protecting and preserving our country’s great landscape, and I am proud to partner with the Land Trust Alliance.”

The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America, selected Mr. Bacon for the President’s Award for Conservation Leadership in recognition of his lifelong passion for land conservation, his accomplishments with The Moore Charitable Foundation, and his move to permanently protect more than 210,000 acres of his own land.

“Mr. Bacon’s bold actions are inspiring other landowners to protect and steward their lands, encouraging them to protect America’s natural heritage to create a lasting legacy for generations to come,” said Rand Wentworth, Land Trust Alliance president. “We are immensely grateful to Mr. Bacon for his conservation leadership and thank him for joining us at Rally 2014 to celebrate the tremendous good his works have yielded.”

Previous recipients of the President’s Award for Conservation Leadership include the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts in 2007, Jim Lentowski of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation in 2010, and David Beaver of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management in 2012.

Ann Colley, director of public relations and charitable giving at Moore Capital Management, LP, and the executive director and vice president of The Moore Charitable Foundation, added: “The Land Trust Alliance conserves some of the most important and treasured resources in America. Louis’ recognition through the President’s Award for Conservation Leadership is truly an honor, and it speaks to the important role he plays throughout the land trust and private landowner communities.”

Rally 2014 is the nation’s premier gathering for conservation leadership and training, featuring more than 100 workshops and over a dozen seminars. For more information about Rally 2014, visit http://www.lta.org/rally.

About the Moore Charitable Foundation

Louis Bacon is the Chairman of The Moore Charitable Foundation, Inc., (MCF) and its affiliate foundations across North America, spanning southern Colorado, eastern North Carolina, The Bahamas, Panama and Long Island, New York. Mr. Bacon founded MCF in 1992. MCF supports conservation nonprofits that focus on protecting threatened landscapes, habitats and water bodies across the world. The Foundation works with conservation experts and leaders and has provided significant funding to more than 200 local, national and international environmental organizations.

About the Land Trust Alliance

Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents 1,200 member land trusts supported by more than 100,000 volunteers and 5 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C. and operates several regional offices. More information about the Alliance is available at http://www.landtrustalliance.org.

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