Kimbra Wiseman is to be commended for her leadership with respect to Henderson Park’s Native Plant and Wildlife Walk (NPWW). She became involved with NPWW as part of her Master Gardener internship. When Kimbra visited the site founded by Deborah Ashley with assistance from Dale Bartlett, she recognized what an asset it is to the area and has said, “I loved the concept of restoring the land to something closer to its pre-human inhabitant state.”
This hard work has led to and will continue to lead to the discovery of native plants. Kimbra’s enthusiasm has encouraged others to participate in planting natives. Kimbra and her hard-working volunteers can be spotted at least twice a month digging in the dirt year-round. A Park Pride grant and an Atlanta Audubon Society grant to fund efforts to clear the trail area of non-natives are just two accomplishments to ensure the success of NPWW.
This wonderful project is being recognized by, not only visitors to the trail, but also representatives from University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry. Kimbra is in communication with Warnell School members to use NPWW as a model and lab for urban reforestation.
In addition to NPWW volunteer activities, Kimbra stays busy with church and working part-time as an ESL instructor. In spite of those demands and taking care of family, Kimbra finds the time to make sure NPWW is cared for and ready to be enjoyed by Tucker residents and other park visitors. We are very fortunate Kimbra found her way to NPWW!
Nomination by L.O. Shinew