Environmental philanthropist and avid outdoor sportsman Louis Bacon
received the Audubon Medal at the National Audubon Society
Gala Dinner in New York on January 17, 2013. Bacon has advocated for over twenty years for conservation and protection of natural resources in the United States and abroad. In the National Audubon Society's 108-year history, Bacon is only the 52nd person to receive the honor.
"It is a wonderful honor to receive the Audubon Medal from the National Audubon Society, which for more than a century has fought tirelessly to protect and preserve our natural resources and environment for future generations," Mr. Bacon said. "Much like the conservationists who previously have received the Audubon Medal, including Stewart Udall, Rachel Carson and Ted Turner, I realize that this recognition cannot be a cause to rest, but a spur to continue our work. To protect natural habitat forever is a privilege I have been lucky to take part in, a privilege unlike any other."
Bacon's fondest memories growing up in North Carolina include hunting and fishing with his father and brothers. It was there where he developed his profound appreciation for protecting land and waterways, stating, "My namesake, Louis T. Moore, believed strongly in conservation. From him, I learned how important it was to protect and preserve those physical things that truly defined a community, however tough the fight. I believe I inherited my passion, much as we inherit this land, from the generations of good stewards who came before me."
Bacon's environmental conservation is wide spread from the Bahamas to across the US. His conservation achievements including being the founding sponsor of Waterkeeper Alliance
, which replicated the successful Hudson Riverkeeper model as well as donating a conservation easement and developed a habitat restoration and management plan for Long Island's Robins Island which will preserve the island as a haven for endangered shorebirds, including least terns and piping plovers. Bacon supported the Nature Conservancy's creation of a 50-acre safe haven for three protected bird species on Tern Island, New York, and he backed a campaign to protect the Everglades, key to wading birds like the Roseate spoonbill. He is a leading supporter of the National Audubon Society, its state field operations and numerous chapters.
For more information about Moore Charitable Foundation visit www.moorecharitable.org