Bud Adams and Fl. House Rep. Larry Lee Jr. at Saturday’s ceremony. 

FORT PIERCE – Bud Adams’ lifelong legacy of loving and protecting Florida natural habitat received recognition by the Pegasus Foundation and Treasured Lands Foundation Saturday, March 26.

“Conservationists and nature lovers around the state and across the country have been inspired by the example Bud Adams has set,” says Barbara Birdsey, founder of Pegasus Foundation, and international fund for animal welfare based in Hobe Sound. “His ranching practices have preserved open spaces, natural flow was and allowed wildlife to flourish. We’re grateful to get the opportunity to thank him for all he’s done on behalf of Florida wildlife.”

A strident conservationist, Adams, who turns 90 on April 4, is the patriarch of Adams Ranch, a concern with more than 40,000 acres in St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Osceola and Madison counties. The ranch was founded by Adams’ father, Alto Lee Adams Sr., in 1937, and throughout his life Adams has worked to protect the ranch’s wildlife while also preserving the land for future generations.

The invitation-only event began at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Adams Ranch Tree House, 26003 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce. It included a ranch tour, cowboy brunch and the awards ceremony.

With an office in Hobe Sound, the Pegasus Foundation is a 501(c)3 created to promote animal welfare around the world. With its nearly 50 Pegasus Partners based locally and globally, the foundation strives to create a more compassionate society by laboring on behalf of animals and the people who help them through volunteering, service and education. For more, visit pegasusfoundation.org.

A land trust, Treasured Lands Foundation preserves critical lands and waterways, promotes active lifestyles in the great outdoors and educates the next generation of environmental stewards.

See more photos of the event on the Treasure Coast Business FaceBook page and read more about Adams in the Indian River Magazine Winter 2015 cover story.

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