Good Guy Tim Sweeney

So Tim Sweeney, one of the founders of Epic Games has spent a considerable amount of money—$15 million or so—keeping their home state of North Carolina green. Good Guy Tim, even if you're keeping the land private.

“It’s still in private ownership but the easement ensures it can never be developed,” Sweeney told The Citizen-Times. “It’s not open to anyone in the public at any time, but people can email and get a permission card and go and enjoy it.”

The region Sweeney has invested in is known as the Box Creek Wilderness; several years ago it came under threat of being subdivided to make room for the Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation to construct power lines, but Sweeney (who previously owned a smaller swath of the land) fought back in court.
— Alex Wawro, Gamasutra