Dave Rak retires after 45 years with Forest Service
January 4, 2023
It's been 45 years since Dave Rak and his wife Paula came to Alaska. It's been 45 years since he accepted a job as a soils scientist with the U.S. Forest Service. And now, 45 years later, he's retiring.
Rak's last day as a full-time employee with the agency was Dec. 31. In that time, he's held a few different positions, worked with many different people and seen the Forest Service change in lots of different ways.
Fresh out of graduate school in 1977, Rak applied with the Forest Service to be a soils scientist at various locations across the U.S. One of which was in Elko, Nevada. Paula wasn...