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Ronald McCormick in amongst trees
Ron McCormick in amongst the great outdoors
Ronald McCormick

Shasta Lake Unit Chief
Shasta Lake

"I knew that I needed to be outdoors..."

Ronald McCormick was just a boy when he observed the results of a tunneling project through a mountainside.  He was impressed when he found out that surveyors were responsible for ensuring that the tunneling crews drilling from both ends of the mountain had to meet somehow in the middle.  Ever since then, Ron was hooked.  He needed to understand how they were able to do that, and he knew himself well enough to know that he needed to be in a outdoor profession.

After high school Ron was drafted into the Navy for four years and worked on board ship as an electronics technician during his tour of duty.  That only served to reinforce his conviction that he needed to find a way to make his livelyhood out of doors.  After leaving the Navy Ron attended Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Oregon and received a Bachelors Degree in Surveying.  April 1 of this year marked his 30th year with the Bureau of Land Management.  He started with traveling crews which provided the opportunity to explore many remote areas of California.  When family responsibilities began requiring less travel, he accepted a land surveyor position in 1980 in Eureka, and in 1984 was promoted to his present position in Redding as the Shasta Lake Unit Chief where he and his staff have been "retracing the deputy surveyors steps" and executing surveys for the northwestern portion of California for the past two decades.

For anyone familiar with the Klamath Falls area where Ron attended college, the immediate feature that leaps to the mind is Mount Shasta, and in true outdoor enthusiast fashion, Ron scaled the mighty peak when he was 27 years old.  He and his party reached the summit in about seven hours.  This surreal experience has been repeated numerous times in the many years of his surveying career.

Ron is originally from a small town in the Boise, Idaho area and he currently resides in Redding, California with his wife Ellen.  They have four children, Sharon, Teresa, Brenda and Jason and two grandchildren, Justin and Kyleigh.  Spoiling the grandkids, who live only 3 houses away, and traveling are in the near future as Ron anticipates his upcoming retirement

When Ron isn't working he enjoys building things, hiking and hunting.  Ron is on "short time" until his retirement in January and he will be sorely missed.  Good luck Ron!

For more information concerning this feature story, contact Ronald McCormick by telephone 530-275-4373 or by e-mail
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