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Don Henley

Eight-time GRAMMY Winner; Founder, Walden Woods Project

Biography

Best known as a founder of the legendary rock band, the Eagles, as well as an
influential solo artist, Don Henley has maintained an extraordinary
commitment to music and to various philanthropic efforts throughout his
career, including a dedication to environmental issues and artists’ rights. As a
solo artist and as a member of the Eagles, Henley has received myriad
accolades, numerous gold and platinum records and performed sold-out concert
tours worldwide.

Henley has been a tireless champion of land conservation. Since 1990, he has
focused on protecting the historic woods around Walden Pond in
Massachusetts, site of the seminal work of author and philosopher, Henry
David Thoreau. Henley is the founder of the Walden Woods Project--a
nonprofit organization leading the effort to preserve this iconic landscape for
future generations. The Walden Woods Project’s conservation work and its
acclaimed education programs introduce Thoreau’s influential philosophies on
natural resource conservation and social reform to students and educators
across the globe.

In 1992, Henley also founded the Caddo Lake Institute, a nonprofit
organization dedicated to wetlands science education in conjunction with the
preservation of Caddo Lake, a 27,000-acre maze of flooded Bald Cypress
forests, bayous, sloughs and backwaters located on the Texas-Louisiana border.
Due to the efforts of the Caddo Lake Institute, Caddo Lake was designated as a
“Wetland of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention, an
international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. On
October 23, 1993, Caddo Lake became the thirteenth Ramsar Site in the United
States.