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Invasives in Your Face!
November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join Invasive Plant Co-Chairs, Jan Lochner and Alynn Kjeldsen for a trip through local invasive plants, their removal and how you can help.
HYBRID MEETING, in person and by Zoom (link available in November)
Luther Burbank Art and Gardens
November 15, 2022 7:30pm
We live in a world of invasive plant species that can outcompete and take over our native plants. We will cover how to confront these invasives and discuss why it should matter to everyone. We will define the term “invasive” and learn to recognize these threatening plants in our region. Our goal is to empower everyone to take action to protect our native plant and animal species.
Jan Lochner is a retired Physical Therapist turned invasive plant terminator/destroyer/slayer with Milo Baker Chapter California Native Plant Society. In conjunction with both the CA State Parks and Sonoma County Regional Parks, she leads projects to eliminate ice plant and restore acres of native plant habitat.
A mother of two, she has spent her free time pressing flowers and making cards. This has grown into a retirement business including teaching classes at Riley Street Art Supply. A Sebastopol resident for over 40 years, she also volunteers at the Willowside School Nursery, The Laguna Foundation and LandPaths.
Alynn’s love for native plants began in the first grade when she discovered a large manzanita bush in her yard. It had endless amounts of flowers with tiny drops of nectar that she could suck out for a sweet treat. Later at Sonoma State University she rediscovered her love of native plants while getting her degree in Environmental Studies and Planning.
Alynn has had varied employment; Sonoma County Parks, Circuit Rider Productions, Caltrans, Sonoma County PRMD, and she is currently enjoying the diversity of her job as Domestic Engineer of her home and ½ acre in Sebastopol. For fun she volunteers at CNPS ice-plant removal projects at Doran Park and Bodega Head. She is blessed with a wonderful husband and two clever teenage daughters.