Environmental activists Elisabeth Brown and Carolyn Wood will be honored Saturday as the "Villagers of the Year."
Both women have been in the forefront of the battle to acquire and preserve open space in and around Laguna, starting in the days when "tree hugger" was meant as an insult not as a compliment.
"These are remarkable women," said Mary Fegraus, whose environmental credentials are also first rate.
"I have always been in awe of Carolyn, first because of her filing cabinets on the history of Laguna Beach. She is a compiler and anyone would be foolish not to ask her for information.
"Carolyn is so focused — she can be stubborn — when she wants something. But most of the time, due to that stubbornness, great things have happened for Laguna Beach.
"She is the more radical of the two — and more about Laguna — where 'Lis' has been more focused on regional open space.