Commissioner of Public Lands Names DNR’s New Wildland Fire Liaison
July 9, 2020
Allen Lebovitz brings a wealth of knowledge and wildfire experience to his new position at DNR
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz has named Allen Lebovitz as the Wildland Fire Liaison for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Lebovitz will be tasked with building, nurturing and growing relationships with communities around Washington and strengthening communication and coordination as he shares information and exchanges perspectives on how to best shape the state’s response to wildfires.
“Allen brings a career’s worth of wildfire and natural resource management expertise both at DNR and elsewhere to his new role,” Commissioner Franz said. “He’s passionate about Washington’s public lands and their restoration and resilience. As we head into wildfire season, I’m thrilled that we’ll be able to draw on the leadership and experience of such a seasoned hand.”
Lebovitz was previously working for the agency as an aquatic habitat restoration manager, a field position that saw him implementing river restoration projects across Washington. An interest in wildland fire ecology spurred him to experience it on the front lines as a DNR wildland firefighter, a job he grew to love over the years.
Before his time with DNR, Lebovitz worked as a forester and ecologist in the private and nonprofit sectors, and ran his own timber and logging company.
“I believe in a pragmatic approach to how we manage natural resources sustainably for both the environment and our society,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to collaborating with DNR’s partners around the state working toward collaborative wildfire preparedness and suppression.”
Lebovitz graduated from Northwestern with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned a Masters in Environmental Studies from Yale. He resides in Naselle, Wash.