director Blog : Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area

Sharing his Home with Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers

Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Photo by Michael McCloyRed-cockaded woodpecker. Credit: Michael McCloy

Louis Bacon is at it again.

In September, we celebrated the establishment of the 558th unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System: the Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area in Colorado, made possible by Mr. Bacon’s nearly 77,000-acre conservation easement

A few weeks ago, I was out at the 13,000-acre Orton Plantation on the Cape Fear River in southeastern Brunswick County, North Carolina. In 2010, Mr. Bacon purchased an 8,400-acre portion of his ancestral plantation and has been engaged in a variety of habitat restoration activities on the property since.

In particular, Mr. Bacon has been concerned about the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. And he is already helping.

Thanks to his land stewardship at Orton Plantation, a female red-cockaded woodpecker joined the solitary male occupying the territory on Orton Plantation.

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Perhaps our Greatest Partner, the American People

Friday we celebrated the establishment of the 558th unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System: the Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area in Colorado, and the man who made it possible -- Louis Bacon.

Secretary of the Interior Salazar announced the formal establishment of the Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area, thanks to the donation of a nearly 77,000-acre conservation easement in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains bordering the San Luis Valley by Louis Bacon.

Mr. Bacon is a private landowner with a deep and long commitment to conservation. He has donated a conservation easement on approximately 75,000 acres for landscape and wildlife conservation purposes in the San Luis Valley, Sangre de Cristo Mountains. And there’s more to come. He also plans to donate a conservation easement on more land later.

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Last updated: August 31, 2011