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September 18, 2013

W. Frederick Stevens


His civilian occupation as a Wildlife Biologist also ended early in the 1990s, due to his wartime injuries following which he became a dealer in rare coins.

Fred was an active Scout and adult Boy Scouting Volunteer since 1953, throughout his life in Otschodela Council, Oneonta. He earned Eagle Scout Rank in 1961, worked on the staff of Crumhorn Mountain Scout Camp (now Henderson Scout Reservation), Maryland, as a youth (1960 to 1967), and again as an adult in 1983 and 1993 to 2009.

He spent many happy years at camp in various functions from Dining Hall Steward rising to Program, Nature and Field Sports Director. He was also a Professional District Executive in Chautauqua Co. Council (1968), and Susquenango Council (1984 to 1986, Chenango County).

In recent years, he established and ran the Henderson Camp’s Fishing, Radio and Technology Programs and maintained observations on the environmental health of Crumhorn Lake.

As a wildlife biologist, Fred earned his M.S. degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1974, after which he was employed by his sponsor, the U.S. National Park Service on San Juan Island, Wash., and the Pacific NW Region where he conducted studies in Alaska, Washington and Oregon.

In 1976, he left the USNPS to establish a wildlife and environmental consulting firm with himself and employees investigating throughout the Pacific NW until 1983, when he relocated to his home state of New York, where he continued his consulting business until he was disabled due to an accident.

As a biologist, he was the North American authority on the European rabbit, an introduced pest species in various parts of North America. His profession and Scouting background made him into a true outdoorsman with expertise in wilderness camping, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing and an expert wilderness survival specialist which he happily shared with youth, adults and Army personnel.

Fred was also an active Ham radio operator (call sign K2FRD), earning his first license in 1961, and attained the highest license class of Amateur Extra in 2000. He was very active as an Emergency Communications specialist and was activated for duty at Ground Zero shortly after 9/11 and for Hurricane Katrina in 2005, with service in many other regional emergencies across the U.S. He also conducted several long distance Ham radio expeditions from Labrador from where he made thousands of contacts around the world in over 150 countries. He also earned his Canada Ham radio license VO2FS in 2004, and was a devoted member and secretary of the Chenango Valley Amateur Radio Association for many years.

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