The North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) recently announced conservation philanthropist Louis Bacon as Conservationist of the Year as part of its 59th Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards.

Bacon, the founder of The Moore Charitable Foundation and the Orton Foundation, its North Carolina affiliate, is among 18 honorees recognized for their commitment to North Carolina’s wildlife, habitat, and natural resources.

In recognizing him, NCWF said: “Louis Bacon’s dedication to conservation through The Moore Charitable Foundation and the Orton Foundation has had a profound impact on preserving and restoring natural habitats in North Carolina, particularly in the Cape Fear River basin. By collaborating with key partners, they successfully restored the state’s longleaf pine forests and associated ecosystems. Under Bacon’s ownership, Orton Plantation has undergone extensive restoration efforts, creating a diverse habitat for numerous plant and animal species, with ongoing plans to preserve forest systems, protect endangered species, and boost the population of red-cockaded woodpeckers.”

“Each year, we’re amazed by the commitment and creativity of North Carolinians working to protect the wildlife, air, water and land we all depend on,” said T. Edward Nickens, NCWF awards committee chair, in announcing the honorees. “This year’s conservation heroes are land stewardship champions, water advocates and leaders in the preservation of unique ecosystems — and we’re thrilled to be able to honor them in person at our banquet this year.”

The annual awards showcase wildlife conservation efforts across the state and encourage active participation in safeguarding North Carolina’s natural resources for the well-being of future generations.

June 2023