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Henry Diamond Receives DOI's Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., June 1, 2011
Washington, DC

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. is pleased to announce that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has awarded the Secretary of the Interior’s Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award to Henry L. Diamond.  The award was presented in recognition of Mr. Diamond’s dedication over the past 50 years to the conservation of lands and waters across the Nation and for his direct support to the mission of the Department of the Interior.  The Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award is the Department’s highest honor for a private citizen and was presented to Mr. Diamond at an event hosted by the Secretary on May 10. 

“Henry’s mark on the American landscape is unmistakable and we are very proud to see his life-long commitment to land and water conservation recognized with this high honor from the Department of the Interior,” said Ben Wilson, the firm’s Managing Principal.

Mr. Diamond first attracted public attention in 1962 when he edited the report by the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission for President Kennedy. The seminal report of this commission led to creation of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the national system of wilderness areas and wild and scenic rivers.  Twenty years later he chaired a task force that pressed for a timely review of land and water conservation, which prompted President Reagan to establish the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors. 

Mr. Diamond was associated with the late Laurance S. Rockefeller over many years in his conservation efforts.  Mr. Diamond served as Executive Director of the influential 1965 White House Conference on Natural Beauty, which Mr. Rockefeller chaired.  He served as a member and then as chairman of the President’s Citizens’ Advisory Committees on Recreation and Natural Beauty and Environmental Quality.  He also served Governor Nelson Rockefeller as the first environmental commissioner for the state of New York, leading the nation’s first state environmental agency.  As Commissioner, he led a 533 mile bicycle ride across New York State to successfully promote a $1.2 billion environmental bond issue.  Mr. Diamond has served on more than 30 other boards and commissions, including Resources for the Future, Environmental Law Institute, The Woodstock Foundation, the Jackson Hole Preserve, Inc. and Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation.

Mr. Diamond’s leadership continues presently as co-chair of the bipartisan Outdoor Resources Review Group, sponsored by Senators Jeff Bingaman and Lamar Alexander.  The Group’s Report, Great Outdoors America, was invaluable in forming the conclusions of the America’s Great Outdoors initiative.

To read the Department of the Interior's press release, please click here

About Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. is a national environmental, land use, and litigation law firm that was established in Washington, DC in 1974.  The firm has offices in key business markets throughout the country.

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