Chief Ranger Larry Hach to Retire
Contact: Jim Northup, 906-387-2607, ext. 202
Larry Hach, chief ranger at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan, will retire on January 3 after a 35-year career that has taken him to six National Park Service areas.
After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in outdoor recreation and natural resources management in 1973, Larry went to work as a seasonal ranger at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Wyoming. His first permanent assignment was at Fire Island National Seashore (1974-75).
Subsequent assignments included an area ranger position at Everglades National Park (1975-77) and district ranger positions at Voyageurs National Park (1977-84) and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (1984-93). He has served as the chief ranger at Pictured Rocks since 1993 and also served as the acting superintendent there from March through December 2001.
Larry was a distinguished graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, served for 19 years on special event teams in the Southeast and Midwest Regions as both a member and team leader, and has received numerous performance awards over the course of his career.
“I feel very fortunate and privileged to have worked for the National Park Service with its worthwhile mission,” Larry said. “I also truly feel blessed to have worked with such caring and professional people in all my NPS assignments.”
“We congratulate Larry and his family on a great career,” said superintendent Jim Northup. “He has made an important and significant contribution here at Pictured Rocks, particularly in the area of interagency relations. We will miss him and wish him the very best in retirement.”
A retirement dinner is planned for Tuesday, December 11. Anyone interested in attending should contact Brenda St. Martin at 906-387-2607, ext. 201. Stories or photos can also be sent to Brenda or Jim Northup at P.O. Box 40, Munising, MI 49862. Larry and his family plan to remain in Munising for the foreseeable future. Larry plans to spend time traveling to visit his children and to be out on Lake Superior in his pleasure boat as often as possible.
Did You Know?
Located within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the Au Sable Light Station is on the National Register of Historic Places. Constructed in 1874, the station beacon still shines over Lake Superior's frigid waters. The lamp is now solar powered. More...