CLAY HENDERSON has had a long career as an environmental lawyer, a zealous defender of Florida’s special places and the author of a number of published articles. Now, as the Executive Director of the Stetson Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, he continues to be one of Florida’s leading voices in environmental policy. Mr. Henderson sponsored or co-authored most of the natural resource protection provisions in the Florida Constitution, including Amendment 1—the largest voter-approved conservation funding initiative in our nation’s history—and the creation of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He led development of nationally-recognized land conservation programs, including Volusia Forever (1986 and 2000), Florida Communities Trust (1990), Preservation 2000 (1991) and Florida Forever (1999), and has negotiated more than 300,000 acres of lands now part of national and state parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. Mr. Henderson was elected to two terms and served as Chair of the Volusia County Council. His work at the Institute focuses on land and water conservation and restoration research and policy development. Stetson has recognized his body of work with a Distinguished Alumni Award, and the George and Mary Hood Award for his commitment to Stetson University’s core values.
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