Awards & Recognition
Several members of “Team Turner”, including Carter Kruse, Magnus McCaffery, Hanne Small, and Steve Dobrott, were part of the New Mexico Chiricahua Leopard Frog Conservation Working Group that was named as a recipient of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2013 National Recovery Champions. This award is in recognition of the group making significant contributions to Chiricahua leopard frog recovery in NM, changing its trajectory from extirpation from the state to the path towards recovery.
Turner Biodiversity Divisions and the Turner Endangered Species Fund received the 2012 President’s Fishery Conservation Award from the American Fisheries Society. This award recognizes conservation projects on behalf of westslope cutthroat trout, Rio Grande cutthroat trout, Rio Grande chub, Rio Grande sucker, and arctic grayling.
Ted Turner and the TESF were recognized by Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for ground breaking work on behalf of imperiled species (see photo). Numerous species across multiple states have greatly benefited from TESF’s continued support over the years and are on the road to recovery thanks in large part to these efforts, such as the black-footed ferret, red-cockaded woodpecker, Chiricahua leopard frog and Northern Aplomado falcon. Notably, the TESF has been active and supportive in gray wolf recovery in the United States, both in the Northern Rocky Mountains and in the Southwest. Since 1997, the Ladder Ranch Wolf Management Facility, located on Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch in south-central New Mexico and operated by TESF is one of the program’s three primary captive pre-release facilities and has been instrumental in housing and selectively breeding Mexican wolves for release to the wild.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service and MT Fish Wildlife and Parks recognized Turner Enterprises, Inc. for conservation activities regarding Montana arctic grayling. The Turner Biodiversity Division assisted these two agencies with maintaining a conservation brood stock of grayling in Green Hollow Reservoir II on the Flying D Ranch; with habitat restoration in and introductions of grayling into the Ruby River watershed; and research concerning grayling reintroduction into SW Montana River and streams.