RMNP Ranger Larry Frederick To Retire
Larry studied Park and Recreation Management in the College of Forestry at Colorado State University graduating in June 1972. Prior to graduation, he spent a summer as a member of the Pike National Forest Hot Shot Fire Crew. In January 1972 he began volunteering weekends at Rocky Mtn. NP in the Division of Interpretation working at Hidden Valley Ski Area and the main visitor center.
In the summer of 1972, he returned for a second season to the Pike Hot Shots and then took a winter seasonal position with Colorado Division of Parks. In the spring of 1973 he started as a seasonal Park Interpreter at Wind Cave National Park. That winter he worked as a winter seasonal, then volunteer, back at Rocky before returning to Wind Cave in the spring of 1974.
In June 1972 he took a permanent Outdoor Recreation Planner position with the Bureau of Land Management in Ely, Nevada. He was the first, full-time Recreation Planner on the district. One of his tasks was to prepare 120 miles of the Pony Express Trail for visitation as a Bicentennial project. Larry left the BLM in the summer 1976 to return to the NPS at Rocky as a permanent Audiovisual Technician. By September, he had landed the Assistant Chief of Interpretation at Wind Cave NP, a newly created position.
He met his wife, Jeri Kizer, at Wind Cave and they married in May 1981, just prior to transferring to Grand Canyon NP where he served as the South Rim Visitor Center Supervisor. He was very active in the Emergency Services Program at the park and worked his way up to being National Certified as a Paramedic. Their son, Ryan, was born in Flagstaff.
In 1986, Larry and his family transferred to Olympic NP where he served as the East District Interpreter. Their daughter, Annie, was born in Port Angeles.
In 1988, Larry and his family moved onto the Chief of Interpretation position at Canyonlands NP. He oversaw major changes in operations including the creation of the Moab Information Center and the Needles Visitor Center.
In 1996, they moved to Glacier NP where Larry served as the Chief of Interpretation. He organized the bi-national event to celebrate the status of Waterton-Glacier national parks becoming a joint World Heritage Site.
In 2001, they transferred to Rocky Mountain NP where Larry served as the Chief of Interpretation and Education, laying groundwork for the park’s 100th anniversary in 2015.
With training from Rick Gale’s Type I NPS All-Hazard team in 1993, Larry served as an Information Officer on the Intermountain Regions Type II All-Hazard Team until his retirement. Assignments such as the 2002 Winter Olympics, the opening of Brown vs. Board of Education (Presidential visit), Cerro Grande Fire, 2009 Presidential Inauguration, and many other assignments, were highlights of his career.
Larry served as the Acting Superintendent at Grant Kohrs Ranch NHS over 1999/2000 and as the Acting Deputy Superintendent at Glen Canyon in 2009.
Throughout Larry’s career he has been passionate about the mission of the NPS, the value of interpretation and the desire to be an all-around park ranger.
A party is planned on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in Estes Park. Contact Karen Brna at 970-586-1201 for details.