Meet our Newest ParkStar: Aimee Bushman!

For Aimee, becoming our newest ParkStar as the James River Park System’s Park Ranger Supervisor represents a sort of homecoming.

She got her start in Petersburg, focusing on the Appomattox River and helping to develop a quality of life program that emphasized access to green spaces. She got her Master’s in Water Resource Management, and ended up in at a Massachusetts nonprofit, helping make decisions affecting the Northern Atlantic.

From smaller rivers, to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, to the Atlantic Ocean – she’s now returned to the place she loves – the James River.

The James River Park System will see over 2 million visitors this year, and Aimee will be taking the helm to help educate, inform, and protect them.

Welcome home.

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