The Future of Our State Parks
Panelist: Rolf Diamant
Rolf Diamant recently retired from a 37-year career with the National Park Service (NPS) where he developed new partnership models for national parks and conservation strategies for wild and scenic rivers and national heritage areas. He was the founding superintendent of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, in Woodstock, Vermont, which tells the story of conservation, the evolution of land stewardship and the emergence of a national conservation ethic. The park is also home to the National Park Service’s Conservation Study Institute—a hub for new conservation thinking and practice.
Rolf, trained as a landscape architect, was also superintendent of Fairsted, the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, MA, where he led the effort to conserve and make accessible a vast archive of Olmsted plans and drawings for use in the preservation and rehabilitation of parks and landscapes across the United States. Rolf, along with Dr. Nora Mitchell, was a co-founder of the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation—the NPS technical center for stewardship of historic landscapes.
Rolf is currently at the University of Vermont where he writes and lectures on a wide range of park and conservation issues. He is a contributing author to Envisioning Gateway: Designing the 21st Century National Park, (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011); Twentieth-Century New England Land Conservation: A Heritage of Civic Engagement (Harvard University Press, 2008), The Conservation of Cultural Landscapes (CAB International, 2006), Reconstructing Conservation: Finding Common Ground (Island Press, 2003) and Wilderness Comes Home, Re-wilding the Northeast (University Press of New England, 2001.)
Rolf serves on a number non-profit boards and advisory groups including National Association of Olmsted Parks, National Parks and Conservation Association’s Center for Park Management, Vermont Historical Society and Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, and is past president of the George Wright Society. Rolf was a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He earned his Masters of Landscape Architecture and a BS in Conservation of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley.