Charles Lane, Charleston, S.C.
Charles Lane shot his first duck in 1960, and when development threatened the Ashepoo, Combahee, and South Edisto (ACE) Basin where he'd spent countless hours afield, he resolved to step in and save it. In 1988, Lane helped found the ACE Basin Project. "It's a unique partnership where we have hunting and other conservation groups usually associated with anti-hunting joining forces to preserve this area for traditional uses, which includes hunting," says Lane, a real estate developer. The group has protected over 172,000 acres, including 40,000 acres of public hunting land.