Protection of our forests and other wild places in the twenty-first century will not only require good science and sustainable management - it will require an engaged and supportive public. The arts and politics are among the most important ways to galvanize citizen interest in natural places. Join David K. Leff, award winning author and former deputy Connecticut environmental commissioner for a presentation and discussion of his National Park Service appointment as poet-in-residence for the New England Trail, as well as a proposed Connecticut constitutional amendment on the November 6 ballot designed to protect state-owned parks and forests.
David K. Leff is an essayist, Pushcart Prize nominated poet, and former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He is the author of six non-fiction books, three volumes of poetry, and a novel in verse. David is a trustee of Great Mountain Forest in Norfolk, Connecticut and has served on the boards of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, the Connecticut Maple Syrup Producers Association, and Audubon Connecticut. In 2016-2017 the National Park Service appointed him poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET). David’s journals, correspondence, and other papers are archived at the University of Massachusetts Libraries in Amherst. His work is available at www.davidkleff.com.