Bachelor of Science in Forestry, University of Michigan, 1943; postgraduate in wildlife conservation, U. Missouri, 1946-1947.
Instructor forestry, U. Missouri, Columbia, 1946;
recreation planner, Missouri Department Resources and Development, Jefferson City, Missoury, 1947-1950;
park landscape architect, National Park Svc., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1950-1954;
engineer, United States Forest Svc., Fresno, California, 1954-1956;
landscape architect, United States Forest Svc., San Francisco, 1956-1961;
chief recreation section, United States Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco, California, 1961-1966;
chief environmental research division, United States Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco, 1966-1988;
writer, environmental consultant, private practice, Walnut Creek, California, since 1988. Executive Committee National Safety Council, Chicago, 1975-1987, board directors, 1979-1983, vice president 1983-1987. Senior environmental advisor United States Army, Norton Air Force Base, 1981-1982.
Visiting lecturer University of California, Berkeley, Davis, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical.
Sergeant United States Army, 1944-1946, Mideast. Member California Writers Club (board directors 1991), National Association Retired Federal Employees, Sons in Retirement, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Married Dorothy Rue, October 4, 1947. Children: Jamie Bechtold, Christopher H., Matthew T.