FUNDING AREAS: Endangered species
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PROFILE: Reed Beauregard Turner, who goes by Beau, is the son of media mogul Ted Turner and shares his father's love of the outdoors, as well as his desire to restore as much of the planet as he can to its former beauty. To accomplish that, he's working to spread the families enormous wealth into programs that help bring nature back to the forefront of people's lives once again. His foundation shares:
Beau Turner is involved in numerous charitable organizations related to environmental conservation and preservation around the world. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Turner Endangered Species Fund and is the Director of Natural Resources and Biodiversity for Turner Enterprises, Inc. In this capacity, Beau coordinates and oversees wildlife-related projects for the 2 million acre operation.
Among Beau’s challenges is the directive to balance a strong concern and ethic for environmental protection with several for-profit ventures, including the largest bison operation in the world. He serves as a Trustee of the Turner Foundation, a private family foundation that focuses on environmental and population-related causes, and serves on the boards of the Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Captain Planet Foundation, and the Peregrine Fund. Beau is also highly involved in Outdoor Youth Reports; a forum that allows youth to post videos and report on outdoor sports and events, which in turn helps to encourage other young people to get involved with outdoors sports and adventures.
Beau works closely with groups such as the National Wild Turkey Federation, Boone and Crockett Club, Ducks Unlimited, Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy (an organization that promotes sound stewardship among land owners in the Red Hills region of Georgia and Florida). Beau’s greatest passion is getting young people outdoors and excited about nature and the environment. To help achieve this goal, he founded the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center (BTYCC) near his home in Florida in 2008. The BTYCC is a place where children are encouraged to be active outdoors. They learn about conservation, interact with nature, acquire fishing, archery, hunting and camping skills and study alternative energy sources (the center is powered primarily by solar panels). Currently, Beau is working on growing the youth center concept and developing the BTYCC into a model for similar centers nationwide.
Beau resides in Florida and has a son, Beau Jr.