Tribute to Brian Baker

Amongst his many contributions to Tumbler Ridge and the Peace Region, he will be remembered specially for his love of birds and wilderness. During his years in Tumbler Ridge, he rejuvenated the Tumbler Ridge Ornithology Group (TROG), helped arrange its meetings and outings, and recruited many new members.

He built innumerable bird feeders and nesting boxes, which grace many a Tumbler Ridge backyard, hiking trail, and the Bullmoose Marshes. He was also extremely interested in the recent dinosaur discoveries, and their potential for the growth of Tumbler Ridge.

He loved sharing these passions, especially with children, and spent much time with the staff of the Tumbler Ridge Public Library inspiring the TR Ecokids. Brian touched many young lives with his enthusiasm, generosity and kindness. He is irreplaceable in their eyes, and in ours.

The Bullmoose Marshes was an area of special importance for him, and his memory is alive in these beautiful wetlands that he helped preserve. Recently a floating island was installed in the marshes by the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society, with a donation by Ducks Unlimited, one of Brian?s favourite charities. It appears fitting to pay tribute to Brian Baker?s legacy by naming this ?Baker?s Island?. A plaque to this effect will be installed on the viewing platform, from which the island is best seen, in the spring of 2004.