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Ex-Mount Rainier research takes new post at East Bay parks

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Nov. 23, 2011 at 9:09 am |
November 23, 2011 9:09 am

Sue Fritzke, a one-time researcher at Mount Rainier National Park, has been named deputy superintendent for the East Bay national parks near San Francisco.

Fritzke will be deputy superintendent for Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, John Muir NHS, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Monument and Rosie the Riveter/World War II National Historic Park. She replaces Tom Leatherman, who was selected as the new superintendent in early January. Her primary duty station will be in Richmond at the Rosie the Riveter office.

Here federal service began in 1982 in the Peace Corps, serving 2.5 years in Ecuador. She began working for the National Park Service in 1985 in interpretation and fire management in Yosemite National Park. She completed her master’s research at Mount Rainier and then continued in resource management at Redwood and Yosemite.

She has been at Golden Gate for the past eight years, serving as the natural resources branch chief for vegetation and stewardship. She has worked on a number of interdisciplinary teams to develop and implement the park’s fire management plan and a variety of infrastructure improvement and restoration projects.

Fritzke began her new duties earlier this month. She and her husband, Brent Hansen, enjoy sailing on San Francisco Bay on their ketch, gardening, and riding vintage BMW motorcycles.

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