Lisa Lewis has been named Forest Supervisor of the Kisatchie National Forest in Pineville. Prior to becoming Forest Supervisor, Lisa was the District Ranger on the Forest’s largest Ranger District, the Calcasieu. “Lisa’s ability to form lasting partnerships, as well as her extensive experience as a line officer in the Southern Region, will allow her to step in, making an immediate positive impact as Forest Supervisor,” said Regional Forester Tony Tooke.
During her 28-year career, Lewis has served in many leadership positions across the region, including acting Forest Supervisor positions in Texas and Louisiana. Recently Lisa served as the acting Deputy Forest Supervisor for the large, complex Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas. Lisa has served as a forester in Mississippi supervising a host of people and projects. Lisa served several years as Deputy District Ranger on the Calcasieu District which included lands in Vernon and Rapides Parishes and a large portion of Ft. Polk.
Ms. Lewis is a sought after teacher cadre member involving controlled fire training and leadership mentoring. Lisa has traveled across the Southern Region teaching and guiding others.
“Louisiana is my home and I believe the Kisatchie National Forest to be one of the most fascinating places in Louisiana,” stated Lisa. “There is nothing I would rather do than lead the wonderful Kisatchie National Forest,” Lewis continued. Ms. Lewis will have the huge responsibility of managing the complex Kisatchie National Forest which covers over 600,000 acres in seven north and central Louisiana parishes. Lisa will be responsible for many important programs including timber sales, fire management, recreation, wildlife, endangered species and mineral exploration as well hiring and employee programs.
Born in Leesville, Louisiana, Lewis earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry and a Master’s Degree in Forest Ecology from Louisiana Tech University. She began her career with the Forest Service in 1989 where she worked as a Forester Trainee on the Vernon Ranger District of the Kisatchie National Forest. She later moved to the Supervisor’s Office in Pineville where she worked as a member of the Forest Plan Revision Team involving Forest Recreation Planning.
Lewis enjoys spending time with her husband Trey, and two daughters, Erin and Casey. She is extremely active involving her girl’s activities, community and church. “I am very happy to serve the people of Louisiana and the Nation. My door is always open to the public and I want to hear all ideas concerning the Kisatchie,” said Lewis.
For more details about the Kisatchie National Forest, please visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/kisatchie or call 318-473-7160.