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William "Bud" Rice
Bud Rice was born in 1950 in San Francisco, California, and grew up in northern California. He received an undergraduate degree in forestry and conservation from the University of California Berkeley, and came to Alaska in 1976 for an interpretive naturalist job at Denali National Park. This led to a long career with the National Park Service, working in a variety of capacities in various parks in Alaska. He worked at Kenai Fjords National Park from 1983 to 1992 as a backcountry ranger and resource manager, and was actively involved in the Park's response to the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. He completed a master's degree in natural resources management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks mapping the Harding Icefield and its outflowing glaciers. He was married to Page Spencer, who grew up on the Kenai Peninsula, and who also worked for the National Park Service as a biologist and envrionmental planner. Bud works as a resource manager and environmental planner for the National Park Service in Anchorage, Alaska.