Honoring Dr. Russ Walker: CMU prof. celebrated with habitat restoration

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT/KKCO) -- It's about honoring the life's work of a local environmental scientist.

120 volunteers came out with shovels and gloves and pruning equipment to help restore the wetlands at the Audobon Nature Preserve in Grand Junction.

Folks planted and caged cottonwood trees, weeded out invasive plants, and helped to restore cover that birds rely on along the riverbank.

All to celebrate the life of Colorado Mesa University environmental science professor Russ Walker.

“Russ passed away in February after a brief illness," Tamera Minnick said. She and Russ were colleagues at the university.

"So, we’re all gathered here to put in some work in one of his favorite ecosystems, which is a wetland area,” she explained.

A Russ Walker memorial fund has also been started, the goal is to raise $25,000 for students to study environmental science.