Elisa Corcuera Vliegenthart, born in Madison Wisconsin in 1972died in Santiago on July 14, 2017 after a long fight against her disease. Her funeral services were held in Santiago on July 15. Her remains were cremated and deposited in Parque Katalapi, near Puerto Montt, Chile.
Elisa was a journalist and territorial planner and expert in private lands conservation. She wrote books for children, scientific articles, and organized environmental education courses at Parque Katalapi. She co-founded Parque Katalapi, institution dedicated to scientific research, environmental education and conservation. In addition, she founded Así Conserva Chile, an NGO dedicated to private land conservation.
Kristine Tompkins wrote a note published in La Tercera describes Elisa: “We received the sad news that today (Friday 14), Elisa Corcuera, a great champion for the protection of biodiversity of Chile has died. Still young, Elisa, through Parque Katalapi, , a conservation initiative created by her family, and Asi Conserva Chile, organization that she help to found and strengthen, worked locally regionally and national levels, to help Chileans to protect the lands that are the backbone of the beauty of the country. Her extraordinarily beautiful personality crossed all political, social and cultural frontiers and united people towards a common objective. In Tompkins Conservation hope that Elisa be remembered by her great work capacity, her great work and heart and her love for beauty, a clean and healthy future for all Chileans. To recognize her work, we Will place a recognition plate in Parque Pumalín, to remind all visitors that there was a woman that lived her life with a great committed to beauty and biodiversity”.
Her optimism, creativity, and perseverance were decisive in the consolidation of Parque Katalapi and Así Conserva Chile and in the territorial planning of Cochamo Valley. Her relatives, numerous friends, and colleagues will never forget her friendly look and smile full of joy, that together with a bright mind were an irresistibly force that made people to join her cause and love for nature. This provided her with a legion of friends and coworkers around the world. She loved them all from the bottom of her heart.