Austin Buck Honored with Salmon Conservation Award


Nov. 16, 2016
Bernardsville philanthropist Austin Buck honored with conservation award

BERNARDSVILLE – Borough resident and philanthropist C. Austin Buck has been named this year’s recipient of the Lee Wulff Conservation Award, the top honor given annually by the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF).

The award recognizes national and international contributions to Atlantic salmon conservation.

“Austin’s passion for wild Atlantic salmon is matched only by his generosity, donating time and resources to our cause,” said ASF President Bill Taylor. “His leadership has built strength within ASF and the wider salmon conservation community.”

Buck joined the ASF (US) Board of Directors in 1992. A native of Bernardsville, he fishes around the world, but no river captures Buck’s imagination like the Miramichi, in New Brunswick, Canada, where he is a lifetime member of the Salmon Brook Salmon Club.

In the United States, Buck has made important financial contributions to the Penobscot River Restoration Project in Maine. Atlantic salmon are an endangered species in the U.S. and the Penobscot is home to one of the last remaining populations.

Thanks in-part to Buck’s vision and philanthropy, ASF and its partners recently completed a 16-year project on the Penobscot to remove old dams and bypass others, opening critical upstream habitat that was blocked for more than 150 years.

“Austin has been a steady and important friend to Atlantic salmon,” said ASF (US) Chairman John Dillon. “This award cannot match his contributions, but it is an acknowledgment from the entire organization of his leadership.”

As a board member, Buck served on ASF’s New York Dinner organizing committee for more than 20 years. He helped transform the event and attract wide interest. He also provided strategic direction as chair of the finance committee between 2006 and 2010.

Buck is a former chairman of Leonard J. Buck & Co., a mineral import and export company, and Hall-Buck Marine, Inc., which operated shipping terminals on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, as well as the Pacific Coast. He received a bacehlor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia and a master’s of science degree from Lehigh University.

Lee Wulff was a world-renowned Atlantic salmon angler, conservationist and author who contributed immensely to the popularity of fly fishing.

The Atlantic Salmon Federation is an international conservation group founded in 1948. It is dedicated to ensuring the survival of wild Atlantic salmon throughout the North Atlantic.