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Environmental protector and Bellingham resident Robyn du Pré dies

Robyn du Pré, right, works with Crina Hoyer at RE Sources in Bellingham on Feb. 18, 2010. du Pré died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 after a yearlong battle with cancer.
Robyn du Pré, right, works with Crina Hoyer at RE Sources in Bellingham on Feb. 18, 2010. du Pré died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 after a yearlong battle with cancer. The Bellingham Herald

Robyn du Pré, who has been praised for working tirelessly to protect the region’s environment, died Tuesday, March 10, after a yearlong battle with cancer.

The Bellingham resident was 53.

Du Pré was known, in part, for her work at environmental nonprofit RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, including serving as executive director.

She also was honored for helping to preserve natural resources and create sustainable and healthy communities through Futurewise and the Whatcom Land Trust.

More recently, she helped create the Chuckanut Community Forest Park District, which southwest Bellingham voters approved in 2013 to help pay for the city of Bellingham’s purchase of Chuckanut Ridge and protect it against future development.

People took to Facebook to mourn her death and praise her life.

Her family has asked for privacy, according to a family friend, and du Pré had requested there be no obituary.

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