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”) which he founded in 1992. Along with its affiliate foundations that focus on southern Colorado, northern New Mexico, eastern North Carolina, The Bahamas, Panama and Long Island, New York, MCF supports conservation nonprofits that focus on protecting threatened landscapes, habitats and water bodies across the world.
In 1999, Mr. Bacon was instrumental in founding the Waterkeeper Alliance, the umbrella organization for hundreds of local environmental groups across the world advocating for the defense of clean water, energy, and farms.
Mr. Bacon has protected more than 210,000 acres of land in perpetuity across the United States. Mr. Bacon authorized conservation easements donations on approximately 167,000 acres on the Trinchera Blanca Ranch in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which marks the largest such donation received by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and was also a critical step in the establishment of the Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area as the nation’s 558th unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Combined with additional donations authorized by Mr. Bacon of conservation easements on Tercio and Red River Ranches, these donations help form a landscape-scale conservation effort of 800,000 acres of protected lands stretching from Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado to northern New Mexico.
Mr. Bacon is the lead investor in The Forestland Group, LLC, (TFG), a timberland investment management organization that acquires naturally regenerating forests and manages them sustainably. In 1999, TFG helped finance one of the most substantial conservation transactions when it acquired approximately 110,000 acres in the Adirondack State Park forestlands.
Mr. Bacon has received several honors for his commitment to conservation. In 1998, The Nature Conservancy – Long Island named him a “Conservationist for Life” and Group for the East End honored him with their “Outstanding Commitment to Open Space Protection” award. Mr. Bacon was the 2001 recipient of Riverkeeper’s Environmental Leadership Award and the 2010 recipient of Colorado Association of Conservation Districts’ Ranch Conservationist of the Year award.
The prestigious Audubon Medal, The Peconic Land Trusts’ Annual Conservation Legacy Award and the Chairman’s Leadership Award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation were awarded to Mr. Bacon in 2013. In 2014, the land trust community of North Carolina named him the Stanback Volunteer Conservationist of the Year. Also in that year, Mr. Bacon received the esteemed Land Trust Alliance President’s Award from 1,700 land trusts and the land conservation community for his continued leadership. In May 2015, The Foreign Policy Association awarded Mr. Bacon with the Foreign Policy Association Medal. In April 2016, The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership presented Mr. Bacon with their Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award.
Mr. Bacon is also the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Moore Capital Management, LP (“Moore Capital”). Moore Capital, founded in March 1989, is a private investment management firm that invests in the global financial markets and private equity markets. It is headquartered in New York, with additional offices in London and Hong Kong. A native of North Carolina, Mr. Bacon earned an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia Business School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Literature from Middlebury College.
Mr. Bacon serves on the Board of Overseers at Columbia Business School. Mr. Bacon is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Foreign Policy Association, a member of the No Labels Founders Council, and serves on the Leadership Council of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. Mr. Bacon recently joined the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation.
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