Strengthening habitat restoration efforts in order to protect threatened species

“The Orton Foundation has supported our efforts to have a fair and balanced management plan implemented at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore for several years. There is no doubt that this loyal and substantial support enabled us to finally claim a victory on behalf of birds, sea turtles and other wildlife who are residing at the Seashore in record numbers.” – Heather Hahn, Executive Director, Audubon North Carolina

Wildlife Habitat Preservation, and the protection of codependent species, is a critical environmental strategy for reasons that range from pragmatic to economical, to recreational. Healthy wilderness contributes to natural flood control, the prevention of soil erosion, and the promotion of clean waters. It helps millions of people connect to ever-inspiring nature, maintain mental health and physical fitness, and sustains local economies, practices and ways of life.

The Moore Charitable Foundation and Founder Louis Bacon partner with select organizations on initiatives that protect and advance wildlife habitat preservation through legal action, advocacy, restoration, research, education, and best practice management of forest, grasslands, and coastal ecosystems and marine areas. From the rich waters of the Caribbean to the bio-diverse longleaf pine forests of Eastern United States, some of the regional initiatives The Foundation champions are as follows.

North Carolina

Through regional affiliate The Orton Foundation, MCF partners to restore longleaf pines ecosystems through forest management practices that include controlled burns and preservation of the red cockaded woodpecker, a species both dependent upon and integral to the forest’s survival. MCF also focuses on preserving larger tracks of open space for the survival of the barn owl, which requires a large circumference of land to meet nesting criteria; protecting the embattled Venus flytrap, which has been threatened in the Wilmington area by poachers; and restoring the habitats of coastal bird species, including Piping Plovers. Partners include The Nature Conservancy North Carolina, and Audubon North Carolina.


The Foundation, and with its regional affiliate The Islas Secas Foundation, has partnered with the Audubon Society to protect the fragile Green Emerald hummingbird. Recently, the Audubon Society has developed a program on Islas Secas, a 16-islands archipelago in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor of Panama, to protect the Green Emerald hummingbird through the distribution of feeders, planting of the Stachytarpheta Sapp (“snake weed”), and documenting the hummingbird’s progress. Other projects include mapping humpback whale behavior and migration patterns to identify critical nursing areas that require protection through partner Panacetacea.

Long Island and New York

In partnership with The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, MCF supports critical local conservation efforts to restore tidal marshes on Long Island and open dammed fish passages in Oyster Bay. In the waterways around New York City, MCF supports the New York Harbor School and the Billion Oyster Project, an initiative that is restoring oyster reefs in the city’s harbor and inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders.

Please learn more about The Moore Charitable Foundation’s support for wildlife habitat restoration efforts here.


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