Chairman, TESF Board of Directors; Director, Natural Resources & Biodiversity, Turner Enterprises, Inc.
Beau 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., the entity that manages all Turner lands. In this capacity, Beau coordinates and oversees wildlife-related projects for the approximately 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 for the Turner Foundation, Inc., 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, the Wetlands America Trust, and the Peregrine Fund. He is also a council member for the Jim Range Conservation Fund.
Beau works closely with groups such as the National Wild Turkey Federation, Boone and Crockett Club, Ducks Unlimited, and Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy. 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 BTYCC is the first youth center in Florida powered entirely by solar power). The BTYCC works in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission which hosts summer camps at the BTYCC. Every year Beau personally sponsors a Youth Mentorship Program for young people in Jefferson County, Florida. The program is designed to give children a one-on-one experience with mentors and explores several aspects of the great outdoors. Currently, Beau is working on growing the youth center concept and developing the BTYCC into a model for similar centers nationwide.
While Beau serves as the TESF Chairman, the rest of this family — his father Ted and siblings Teddy, Laura, Rhett, and Jennie — serve as Trustees for TESF.