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Douglas Paul Wheeler

conservationist , government official , lawyer

Douglas Paul Wheeler, American conservationist, state agency administrator, lawyer. Bar: North Carolina 1966, District of Columbia 1999. Recipient commendation United States Department Interior, 1976, Achievement award, 1980, Conservation award Gulf Oil corporation, 1985, Charles S. Murphy award for public svc, 1995, Presidential award for sustainable development, 1996, National Conservation Leadership award The Conservation Fund, 1997.


Wheeler, Douglas Paul was born on January 10, 1942 in Brooklyn. Son of Robert S. and Lottie (Neubauer) Wheeler.


Bachelor of Arts in Government with honors, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, 1963. Bachelor of Laws, Duke University, 1966.


Associate Levine, Goodman & Murchison, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1966-1969. Legislation attorney to assistant legislation counsel United States Department Interior, Washington, 1969-1972, deputy assistant secretary Fish and Wildlife and Parks, 1972-1977. Executive vice president National Trust for History Preservation, 1977-1980.

President American Farmland Trust, 1980-1985, now life member. Executive director Sierra Club, San Francisco, 1985-1986. Vice president Conservation Foundation, Washington, 1986-1988, executive vice president, 1989-1991.

Secretary resources State of California, Sacramento, 1991—1999. Partner Hogan & Hartson LLP, Washington, since 1999. Board member Lincoln Institute Land Use Policy, American Farmland Trust, National Conservation Systems Foundation.


  • Bar: North Carolina 1966, District of Columbia 1999.


Honorary life member board visitors Duke University School Law. Member advisory council The Conservation Fund. Member biodiversity conservation working group North America Commission Environmental Cooperation.

Trustee Colorado Conservation Trust. Member council Yosemite Fund. Candidate North Carolina House of Representatives, 1968.

Member District of Columbia Republican Central Committee, 1984-1985. Chairman advisory board National Park Systems Lieutenant Judge Advocate General Corps, United States Naval Reserve, 1969-1975. Member American Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, Sierra Club (life), American Farmland Trust (life).


Married Heather A. Campbell, August 28, 1965. Children: Clay Campbell, Christopher Campbell.

Robert S. Wheeler

Lottie (Neubauer) Wheeler

Heather A. Campbell

Clay Campbell Wheeler

Christopher Campbell Wheeler