Ted Turner: Profiting from Conservation

October 5, 2006 By: Marshall Cutchin

Turner’s 46,000 bison and land holdings larger than two U.S. states don’t distract him from careful stewardship. In fact he recently agonized over a decision to “poison a stream back to life” on his Flying D Ranch in Montana. “Bringing in wealthy hunters has caused some flak among Turner’s Montana neighbors, but not as much as a plan to kill the brook and rainbow trout in Cherry Creek, which runs through the property. That effort was undertaken at the request of state fish and wildlife officials who want to introduce the westslope cutthroat to the creek; the trout, which aren’t native to the stream, had to be eliminated first.” Marc Gunther in Fortune magazine.