The Land Report

SPR 2012

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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T he LandReport 100 S P R I N G 2 0 1 2 | The LandReport 67 LANDREPORT.COM Bacon's naturalist instinct has kicked in on many occasions. In 1993, he bought Robins Island out of bankruptcy for $11 million. His plan had been to establish a family retreat and hunting preserve on Long Island; he ended up restoring habitat that had been deteriorating for 300 years. This commitment to stewardship led to the creation of a sanctuary for the endangered Eastern mud turtle on the island's pond. Bacon has also fought to preserve the historic integrity of other properties, including Cow Neck Farm in the Hamptons and Orton Plantation in North Carolina. Bacon is a direct descendant of Roger Moore, who built the original Orton dwellings. Since acquiring the plantation in 2010, Bacon has worked to restore his ancestral home through the renovation of the plantation house, the return of the original rice fields to a working farm, and the reintroduction of native plant and animal communities to their original habitat. Bacon's Moore Charitable Foundation supports many notable conservation groups, including The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Land Trust Alliance, among others. But his paramount concern is preserving Southern Colorado's Trinchera Ranch, a keystone property in the breathtaking Sangre de Cristo range. Bacon's fight to convince Xcel Energy and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association to consider alternatives to their plan to run large-scale transmission lines across Trinchera and adjacent pristine properties has prompted Xcel to back out of the project. But Tri-State, Colorado's second-largest power provider, is still in the picture and has yet to determine an effective compromise. (We'll stay tuned.) When asked about the perceived disparity between his conservation ethic and developing renewable energy sources in Colorado and the West, Bacon is direct in his response: "It's a false dichotomy. We can still set the national example for how to intelligently meet energy needs with the overall environment in mind. This is only done when utilities and others refuse to cave to their old, unfair, profit-driven backroom way of doing business. It takes resolve and thoughtful planning, but in the end it can create something much grander and longer-lasting than a transmission line." Bacon on the Trinchera atop the summit of Mt. Lindsey. In 2010, the ranch was named Conservationist of the Year by the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts. Bacon has spent four years battling to protect the pristine valley beneath Blanca Peak, Mt. Lindsey, and Little Bear. JOHN FIELDER

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