No. 2 Ted Turner
In the summer of 1995, Ted Turner visited Yellowstone National Park, an important setting for endangered species. During this visit, he ruminated on a single question: Could private land provide security for imperiled species?
Two years later, in the summer of 1997, the Turner family launched the Turner Endangered Species Fund (TESF) and Turner Biodiversity Divisions to promote the persistence of at-risk species with an emphasis on private land.
Since then, both entities have been involved in numerous successful restoration projects for imperiled plants, birds, fishes, mammals, and amphibians. The accomplishments of both TESF and Turner Biodiversity Divisions prove that private land offers numerous opportunities for landowners to play a huge role in preventing species from vanishing.
By way of his conservation initiatives, Turner has illustrated that endangered species restoration on private land is an important part of any potential solution to the extinction crisis. In doing so, he has reminded us all of the wondrous diversity of life on Earth and our undeniable capacity to restore it.