Cathy Bricker’s environmental legacy lives on at the new Les Cheneaux Islands Reserve

CHEBOYGAN — If you’ve ever enjoyed a trail or nature preserve in Northern Michigan, you’ve enjoyed some of Kathy Bricker’s work.

In the nearly 50 years that Bricker has called Northern Michigan home, he has championed numerous environmental causes and is dedicated to preserving the region’s beauty for future generations. This work will continue even after his death.

Bricker died of ovarian cancer on March 19, 2022, at her home in Cheboygan. According to her obituary, Bricker was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1951 and moved to Northern Michigan in 1973 with her husband, Jim. He then lived and worked at the University of Michigan Biological Station in Douglas Lake for eight years studying microcrustaceans in Saginaw Bay. and Lake St. Clair, while pursuing a master’s degree in biology.

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