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LOWER KLAMATH NWR:Complex Dedicates Canoe Trail in Memory of David Champine
California-Nevada Offices , October 20, 2009
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Ron Cole, Project Leader for the Lower Klamath NWR Complex, dedicates a canoe trail in memory of the late David Champine.  Photo by Dave Menke, USFWS
Ron Cole, Project Leader for the Lower Klamath NWR Complex, dedicates a canoe trail in memory of the late David Champine. Photo by Dave Menke, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
David Champine died unexpectedly in March.  Refuge employees built a canoe trail over the summer in his memory. The plaque was unveiled at ceremony last week.  Photo by Dave Menke, USFWS
David Champine died unexpectedly in March. Refuge employees built a canoe trail over the summer in his memory. The plaque was unveiled at ceremony last week. Photo by Dave Menke, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Volunteer Edna Guiducci shares her memories of refuge employee David Champine. Photo by Dave Menke, USFWS
Volunteer Edna Guiducci shares her memories of refuge employee David Champine. Photo by Dave Menke, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
David (background) with refuge volunteer Hank Smith.  At a ceremony in Tulelake, Calif., Refuge employees and volunteers remembered David as a
David (background) with refuge volunteer Hank Smith. At a ceremony in Tulelake, Calif., Refuge employees and volunteers remembered David as a "man that was a friend to all and an educator to those who visit public lands." Photo by Dave Menke, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

by Matt Baun, Lower Klamath NWR
Earlier this year, David Champine, a park ranger for the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, passed away unexpectedly.   To honor his memory, friends and coworkers spent much of the summer constructing a canoe trail.  Staff cleared trees and built a canal through Discovery Marsh, an area that is adjacent to the refuge's visitor center, located in Tulelake, Calif.   Champine oversaw the operation of the visitor center as well as many student programs and field trips.  

On October 14, refuge staff, and refuge visitors who had developed a friendship with David over the year, participated in a special ceremony to dedicate the new "David Champine Memorial Canoe Trail."  The canoe trail is 1.5 miles and meanders through a peaceful setting amidst the trees and marsh. 

Ron Cole, Project Leader for the Klamath Basin Refuge Complex, remembered Champine fondly as a dedicated friend and public servant.  Cole read and presented the following plaque, which has been placed on a large stone at the head of the canoe trail:

DAVID CHAMPINE MEMORIAL CANOE TRAIL**1968 - 2009***

"This canoe trail is dedicated to the memory of David Champine. David worked as a Park Ranger at the Klamath Basin NWR Complex from Feb 13, 2000 to March 6, 2009. David faced physical challenges throughout his life, and he left us much too soon. His smile and laughter denied his struggles. He found friends wherever he worked and lived, but perhaps his closest companionship was with Nature. We dedicate this canoe trail to a man that was a friend to all and an educator to those who visit public lands. Paddle this canoe trail much as David paddled through life- with a smile of pure optimism for what lies ahead around the next bend."


Contact Info: Matt Baun, 530-842-5763, matt_baun@fws.gov



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