ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland League of Conservation Voters honored Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary John R. Griffin with the 12th Annual John V. Kabler Memorial Award.
Griffin was recognized for his many years working as a 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 Gov. Matin 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 Gov. Harry Hughes — for whom Griffin served as a senior adviser — presented him with the award, given annually to Maryland’s most outstanding environmental leaders and organizations.
The benefit took place in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Banquet Room in Annapolis.
“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, every day, to get their feet wet and their hands dirty in the fight for the health of our planet and our children,” said Griffin.