Today, it is also fitting for us to remember Henry Diamond who passed away February 21st. Mr. Diamond was a lawyer who championed the environmental movement and conservation efforts for 50 years. His early environmental work began on the congressionally created Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission and he was executive director of the 1965 White House Conference on Natural Beauty.
His work helped lead to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) in 1970 and expand the land in the National Park Service system through his friendship with Laurence Rockefeller. He also was the first state commissioner of environmental conservatism of New York and served on more than 30 boards and commissions about the environment. He received the Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award from the Department of the Interior in 2011.