David K. Leff, who retired in 2006 after years as a Deputy Commissioner with the state Department of Environmental Protection, is author of The Last Undiscovered Place, (University of Virginia Press,) which was a Connecticut Book Award finalist. He also wrote Deep Travel, (University of Iowa Press) and a volume of poetry, The Price of Water, published by Antrim House in 2008. He is a freelance writer, a member of the Hartford Courant Place Board of Contributors and is a columnist for The Valley News, a local weekly.
As Deputy Commissioner at the DEP he was responsible for conservation programs including parks, forests, fisheries and wildlife. His primary concerns were preservation of open space and protection of sensitive and unusual natural habitats. Leff recieved the 2006 Olmsted Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Rockfall Foundation’s 2006 Certificate of Honor as well as the 2007 Sportsman of the Year Award from the United Bow Hunters of Connecticut, and the 2008 American Institute of Architects Connecticut Public Service Award. A law graduate, a maker of maple syrup, a 20-year volunteer fireman, a tutor and merit badge counselor, father of two teens, he lives in Collinville, CT.