Her love of nature began as a child, riding horses in the mountains of Colorado near her grandparent’s ranch in Buford. To instill that same love and sense of wonder in her own children, Diane Walker took them on cross-country trips in a homemade RV rigged from a retired school bus during the early 60’s, stopping at national parks to hike and paddle.
Two letters published in the New York Times (one protesting two proposed dams in the Grand Canyon, and another the SST flights over the country and resulting “sonic booms") led to an invitation to join the newly formed Conservation Committee of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club. In the late 70s she met her second husband, Ian, who worked for the Department of Environmental Protection. Wanting to leave city life behind, Ian and Diane moved to Deer Isle in the late 80s, building one of the first passive solar houses on the island and volunteering with various conservation and environmental groups, including the Island Heritage Trust.
In 2007 Diane was elected President of the Evergreen Garden Club and for the next ten years, assisted by garden club member volunteers, she oversaw the beautification and upkeep of Mariners Memorial Park, establishing property borders, shore access and a parking area. She organized plant sales, island garden tours, fundraisers, field trips, programs, meetings, and events.
As she hands over the reigns to incoming president Kathie Keane, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Diane for her many years of devotion and hard work as, what she terms, an “environmental volunteer.” Our island, indeed our country, has benefitted from her love of nature and her desire to protect and enhance it for the enrichment of future generations.