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DNR Secretary Griffin Receives Environmental Award

DNR Secretary John Griffin

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters honored Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary John R. Griffin with the 12th annual John V. Kabler Memorial Award on the evening of October 11, 2012 in Annapolis. Griffin was recognized for his many years working asa powerful leader and dedicated advocate of Maryland’s environment.

“I want to congratulate my good friend and colleague, John Griffin, on his receipt of the John V. Kabler Memorial Award, a well deserved honor,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “For four decades, in both the public and private arena, John has worked tirelessly, passionately and wholeheartedly to serve our citizens and protect our natural resources. For the past six years he has been at the heart and soul of Maryland’s environmental agenda, lending his wisdom, expertise, kindness and humor to the progress we have made in protecting and restoring our land, water, fish and crabs.”

Former State Governor Harry Hughes ─ whom Griffin served as a senior advisor to during his administration ─ presented him with the award, given annually to Maryland’s most outstanding environmental leaders and organizations. State Senator Paul Pinsky was also honoured, as legislator of the year.

The benefit, which took place in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Banquet Room in Annapolis, was attended by more than 250 people, including the league’s top donor and supporters, members of the State’s conservation community, representatives of the national environmental community, legislative leaders, progressive community leaders, lobbyists and members of the media.

“I am honored to accept this award not only for myself, but on behalf of all my colleagues at the DNR, our fellow employees in allied state agencies, and a cadre of like-minded conservationists in Maryland, who have led the charge, supported the State’s work, and who continue, everyday, to get their feet wet and their hands dirty in the fight for the health of our planet and our children,” said Griffin.

Read Griffin’s full remarks here.