Inaugural Leisz Leadership Award presented to namesake

Doug Leisz holding his award. He is flanked by Tom Thompson and Al West.
Tom Thompson and Al West presented Doug Leisz the inaugural Leisz Leadership Award Aug. 14. Photo courtesy Tom Thompson.

CALIFORNIA—The National Association of Forest Service Retirees and the National Museum of Forest Service History have jointly presented a founding award for sustained Forest Service leadership to former Associate Chief Douglas R. Leisz. The award is called the Leisz Leadership Award. In the future, it will be presented every three years at the National Forest Service Reunion if a deserving candidate is identified.

The award was presented to Leisz at the Eldorado National Forest headquarters in Placerville, California, Aug. 14 by Tom Thompson, President of the National Museum of Forest Service History, and Al West, representing the National Association of Forest Service Retirees. A group of friends were on hand to help congratulate Leisz on this special recognition. Acknowledgement of this presentation and the establishment of this recognition will be made with video at the upcoming National Forest Service Reunion in Asheville, North Carolina, in late September.

Leisz retired as Associate Chief in 1982. He was a former regional forester in the Pacific Southwest Region and also served as the forest supervisor on the El Dorado National Forest in the early 1960s.  Leisz was the founding Chair of the National Association of Forest Service Retirees and also served on the Board of the National Museum of Forest Service History for many years. His passion, dedication and commitment to lead the Forest Service and support it through continuing efforts in both of these organizations over many years inspired the two respective boards to establish this award in his honor.

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Leisz was given his award at Eldorado National Forest headquarters in Placerville, California. Photo courtesy Tom Thompson.