Rolf Diamant – Founding Superintendent, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park
As superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, he lead the creation of a national park which tells the story of conservation history, the evolution of land stewardship and the emergence of a conservation ethic. The park is home and partner to the National Park Service’s Conservation Study Institute and Center for Place-Based Education and Community Engagement
In his 30 years with the National Park Service, Rolf has worked on new conservation strategies for wild and scenic rivers, national heritage areas, partnership parks and protected areas. Rolf directed studies that led to the creation of the Blackstone River and Canal National Heritage Corridor, one of the first national heritage areas, and the National Wild and Scenic designation of New Hampshire’s Wildcat River – an early model for cooperative river conservation and community land stewardship for which he received the American Rivers Conservation Award for Distinction in Public Service. Rolf also helped establish the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation: the NPS technical center for cultural landscape stewardship.
Rolf was a Beatrix Farrand Fellow at the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley where he received both a Bachelor of Science in Conservation of Natural Resources and a Masters in Landscape Architecture. Rolf was also awarded a post-graduate Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University.
Rolf has undertaken a number of international assignments on behalf of the NPS including park and protected landscapes in the Western European countries of Poland and the Republic of Georgia.