Member Spotlight #4: Aimee Krivan
Hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park, May 2017
Tarflower member: Aimee Krivan
Compared to our long-standing members, Aimee is a newer addition to our family. Along with a few of her coworkers, Aimee is part of a subgroup of FNPS enthusiasts employed with the Orange County Environmental Protection Division- the "EPD Troop."
Aimee's interests vary widely- but they all have to do with nature and conservation. On any given weekend, you can find Aimee enjoying the great outdoors removing exotic invasives, collecting littered trash, kayaking, trailing, and helping efforts to restore native plants back where they belong. Aimee's calling is clear- she finds it imperative to help the earth in any possible way she can.
Aimee updates our Twitter account every time she finds something interesting to share. Her stunning pictures are worth a second look!
We are grateful to people like Aimee for their continual and conscientious need to help the environment. Thank you Aimee!
Q) How long have you been attending Tarflower meetings?
A) "I have been attending meetings at Leu Gardens for one year."
Q) How did you first hear about native plants? And how did you first hear about the Tarflower Chapter?
A) "I learned about native plants while taking botany in University. I found out about the Tarflower Chapter meetings on the Meetup site. That is the first time I realized that such a group existed."
Q) As a younger member, how do native plants fit into your busy work schedule?
A) "I spend time hiking and biking our local trails and realized that some exotics such as Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) and Air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) were so aggressive they were displacing native vegetation. I have signed up to volunteer for multiple events where we remove exotics such as air potato vine and natal grass (Melinis repens). Due to budget cuts, some small parks and private lands don't have enough funding to pay for this type of land management but it's imperative the exotics be removed in order to give the natives a chance to grow, naturally recruit and thrive."
Q) What brings you back to Tarflower?
A) "Continued learning opportunities. I enjoy learning about native plants and their habitats. On almost a weekly basis I come across a native I am unable to identify so I will take a picture and show Tarflower members before the meeting begins and they will educate me. I wish to improve my knowledge of native plants and attending meetings is one way to do that."