Winter Issue – The Land Report 100
3. Ted Turner
The publication of Conserving America’s Wildlands: The Vision of Ted Turner (Rizzoli) coincides with the legendary CNN founder’s 84th birthday and highlights the groundbreaking work done on his ranches to reintroduce and restore various species. Turner’s two dozen properties are equivalent in size to Yellowstone National Park. His son, the photographer, Rhett Turner, captured scores of these landscapes and their incredible assortment of inhabitants. Former President Jimmy Carter penned the foreword, noting, “The Turner family’s remarkable legacy is intimately reflected in this book.” Agreed. The bolson tortoise owes its continued existence to the clan, who also supports teams of biologists working to save the Mexican gray wolf, the Chiricahua leopard frog, and the Rio Grande cutthroat trout.