New Ranger In Springville
April 24th, 2015 by Eric Mart
Springville, California, April 24, 2015 – Sequoia National Forest Supervisor Kevin B. Elliott is pleased to announce the selection of Eric La Price as the new District Ranger overseeing the Western Divide Ranger District. Eric came to California from Arizona, where he was the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Planner and District Safety Manager for the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest in Sedona, Arizona, for about the last 6 years.
Eric grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania enjoying the outdoors. He attended Gannon University and earned a BS in Biology/Ecology in 1994, a Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Occupational Science and Health in 1997, and a MS in Environmental Science in 1999. Eric worked for four summers as a Lake Erie Lifeguard before becoming an Environmental Scientist at Urban Engineers of Erie, Inc., an engineering and environmental consulting firm in Erie. He spent nine years (1994-2003) at Urban before breaking into the Forest Service.
Eric worked for six years (2003-2009) at the Dolores Public Lands Office in Dolores, Colorado as the NEPA Planner, Safety Manager and HAZMAT officer. This was also a Service First Office, so he worked for both the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management across a very large landscape, which included the San Juan National Forest, the BLM San Juan Resource Area and the BLM Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. From there he went to Arizona to also be the NEPA Planner, Safety Manager and HAZMAT Officer. In 2013, he did leave the Coconino to perform a temporary assignment in Region 1 as the Acting District Ranger of the Townsend Ranger District of the Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests in Townsend, Montana.
“Eric brings a technical skill set strong in planning and a passion for connecting with employees and people who so passionately care about and use Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument,” stated Elliott. When not working, Eric likes to hike and camp, and takes all types of photographs.