Elmire Conklin was a major force for Orange County’s environment. She was one of the 3 founders of Orange Environment and offered her support to OE always. We are glad that OE had the pleasure of honoring her some years back and telling her how much she meant to us. A botanist and historian, Elmire took an advanced degree from the NY Botanical Garden. By inclination, she was a preservationist and supported the OC land trust after we helped launch it. A neighbor of Pat McConnell, who also recently passed, together they made Big Island into a major center of intelligent and loving activism. We will not forget their positive energy and amazing accomplishments. Our condolences to Elmire’s family.