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The Turner committment to nature

Ted Turner and his extended family are shown here with Gertie, a 60 plus years old endangered bolson tortoise. The family is committed to land ownership as a daily celebration of the wondrous diversity of life on Earth.

Restoring nature

We routinely conduct surveys for gopher tortoises as part of a restoration program for the species.

Restoring aquatic species

Through active and innovative management, a robust population of Chiricahua leopard frogs now occupies the natural wetlands, stock water tanks, and ponds of the Ladder Ranch in New Mexico. (Photo credit: Ross Hinderer)

Restoring grassland species

In the late 1990s we implemented a swift fox restoration project at Bad River Ranches that improved the species’ security in South Dakota. The kits shown were two of many that were born in the wild on the Ranches grasslands.

Restoring imperiled carnivores

Since the late 1990s we have been actively involved in restoring the black-footed ferret to grasslands in New Mexico, South Dakota, and Kansas.

Restoring species to longleaf pine forests

The longleaf pine forests of the Nonami Plantation in Georgia (shown here) and the Avalon Plantation in Florida represent ideal habitat for countless species including the imperiled red-cockaded woodpecker and gopher tortoise.

Restoring New Mexico's biodiversity

The desert bighorn sheep populations that we restored to the Fra Cristobal and Caballos Mountains in New Mexico allowed the state to remove the species from its list of imperiled species.

Restoring through hands-on conservation

Since the late 1990s we have been actively working to restore the aplomado falcon to the northern Chihuahuan grasslands in New Mexico.

Restoring the most controversial species

Since inception we have been actively involved in wolf recovery throughout the Rocky Mountains. Regrettably, wolf recovery remains divisive; the species remains extirpated from ~ 85% of its historical range.

Collaborating to advance restoration

Since inception we have emphasized collaboration, which has allowed us to work with accomplished biologists like Dr. E. O. Wilson.


The Turner Endangered Species Fund (TESF) and Turner Biodiversity Divisions (TBD) are dedicated to conserving biological diversity by ensuring the persistence of imperiled species and their habitats with an emphasis on private land.

Our activities range from single species conservation actions to restoration of ecological communities and functional ecosystems. We are unique in our efforts to bring the role of private lands to the forefront of ecological conservation. We aim to use the best science to effectively conserve biodiversity and disseminate reliable scientific and policy information. We are determined to establish a new level of effectiveness for private-public efforts to redress the extinction crisis.

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