Juniper Leifer

Regional Network: 
Delaware River Watershed Network
Class Year: 
Project Coordinator
Lopatcong Creek Initiative, New Jersey Highlands Coaliton
Lopatcong, NJ

As project coordinator of Lopatcong Creek Initiative, with funding from WPF, I have the unique opportunity to focus efforts on public outreach and engagement to both promote and supplement the work of our conservation partners throughout the Lopatcong Creek Watershed.  This work is rewarding and exhilarating but not without its challenges in a region where resistance to environmental practices is the prevailing mindset.

Additionally, I am the director of a community association, Lopat Speaks, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars to fund litigation aimed at fighting a land use approval in our community.  The fight began in 2011/2012 and rages on through the appeal process to this day.

Recently, I was appointed as chairman of Lopatcong Environmental Commission.  This position enables me to promote environmental awareness, effective site plan review, recreation, education, and collaboration.  Plus, I get to practice my poetry.

One of my favorite roles is being Director of a local Cub Scout Day Camp.  It is genuinely rewarding to energize a large volunteer staff to provide a week-long experience for so many local boys who would otherwise not likely attend a standard, costly day-camp.  We pride ourselves on providing the most authentic camp culture experience possible and creating life-long memories for our campers!

I am thrilled to be a part of the ELP program; the opportunity to experience and absorb the brilliance, strategy, and success of such a broad network of people, whom I deeply respect, is as exciting as it is limitless... and I'm only talking about my class... beyond that it is vast universe I can't wait to explore.