When Islanders look around at the natural world surrounding them, they can see the impact of the Commission for the Conservation of the Environment that the late Joanne Pinner Carr helped establish. It was altogether fitting that she was remembered Sunday with the dedication of the trail at the Nike Base Park as the Joanne Pinner Carr Nature Trail.
Gary Roesch, former chair of the commission, said every time he mows around the 16 trees in his backyard, he thinks of Joanne Carr, who was chair of the commission when it ran a tree seedling program on the Island, one of many endeavors the commission pursued during her nearly 33 years as chair of the group.
Karen Carr Keefe called her mother's commitment to conservation and preservation of the environment "a real love of her life." Naming the trail is "a deep honor for this family, and it's a wonderful tribute to our mom," Keefe said.
Pictured at a marker near the mouth of the trail are Joanne Carr's grandsons, Forrest Carr and Nathan Keefe. In back: children Karen Carr Keefe, Mike Carr and Gary Carr, granddaughter Emily Carr, son Dan Carr, daughter-in-law Mary Carr, and son Tim Carr. Not pictured is her son Jeff Carr. (photo by Larry Austin)