Linus “Lenny” Losh

Linus "Lenny" Losh is known for his lifelong work in Soil and Water Conservation Services stretching from 1948 to 2000.  His work began with SCS helping farmers plan and apply soil conservation practices. In 1955 he moved to the Ohio State SCS office, serving as Chief Economist and Head of Ohio's Watershed Planning Party. During this time, he developed the majority of Ohio's watershed plans. From 1963- 1980, Losh served SCS in Washington, D.C., with responsibilities that included Ohio and other corn belt states.

During his tenure in Washington, Losh helped develop the Resource Conservation Act, and the regulations for implementation.

As the chief of the SCS Inventory and Evaluation Section, Losh developed the National Resource Inventory (NRI), which remains the federal government's principle source of information of soil, water and related resources on non-federal lands in the U.S.

From 1999 -2000, Losh worked with the Ohio Department of Agriculture to analyze and develop agricultural policy.  Recently, he has provided leadership to the Darby Creek Watershed Plan. He also helped secure $150 Million in funding for the Scioto River Watershed Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.

A native of Logan County, he graduated from Lakewood High School, and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agronomy from The Ohio State University.

Losh and his wife Jeanette live in Westerville and have two adult children, Clifford and Lynnette (Losh) Eisentrout.