IMG_1800Lee Harp stepped up to serve The Wetlands Institute hours after it was dedicated and has served with passion and dedication ever since. Lee retired from the Board of Trustees in October and he will be sorely missed.

Mr. Harp is an environmental attorney who spent his career with Archer & Greiner. Lee served on numerous Institute committees over the years, but is most well-known for his long tenure chairing the Research and Conservation Committee and being a persistent advocate for the Diamondback Terrapin Conservation Program.

Lee chaired the Golf Committee for 11 years and raised funds for the Research Department with that event. He is most proud of the Institute’s intern program and the number of students that have gone on to have successful careers in conservation. He views some of the greatest accomplishments of the Institute to be related to conservation measures for terrapins and the capacity building for other communities to do their own terrapin conservation work.

One of Lee’s favorite quotes is “Be part of the solution and not part of the problem.” In recognition of Lee’s commitment and passion for the Institute, the Board of Trustees conferred upon Lee the honor of inclusion among individuals noted for Exceptional Giving. Lee is only the 4th member so included and is listed alongside the great leaders and contributors to the success of the Institute. They include Herbert Mills, Marion Glaspy, Dr. Albert E. Wood – and now Lee Harp.

To recognize Lee’s commitment to research and conservation programs, we have established the Harp Terrapin Conservation Fund and are receiving donations in Lee’s honor. You may contribute to the fund online or by mail. Please note your gift is for the Harp Fund. Thank you Lee for all you do! It has been an honor and privilege to work with you.