2020 GROUNDS KEEPERS

Meet this year's team of 31 dedicated individuals who are leaving our wild places better.

In 2020, our Grounds Keepers will be cleaning up trash all over the country! Some of the areas that will be taken care of are: Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Florida Trail, Midwestern State Parks, Trans-Catalina Trail, Hawaii's National Parks, Minnesota, Southern Arizona trails, Acadia National Park, Colorado Trail, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

New for 2020, we introduce our first-ever Legacy Team featuring 11 previous rockstar Grounds Keepers who will both work to leave our public lands better and mentor the 19 new Grounds Keepers.

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6,857.93 Pounds of Trash Packed Out in 2020

Alex Wehrle
Alex Wehrle

Legacy Grounds Keeper Alex will be cleaning up: Trans-Catalina Trail, Sections of the PCT, Public Lands throughout Southern California, Hawaii National Parks, and all other places she travels this year.

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Andrew 'Reptar' Forestell
Andrew 'Reptar' Forestell

Legacy Grounds Keeper

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Ari Leach
Ari Leach

Ari will be cleaning up: Acadia National Park, Boothbay Region Land Trust trail system, Lake Cobbosseecontee, Sheepscot River, the 100-Mile Wilderness, and as much of the gorgeous Maine coast as possible!

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Ashley Bredemus
Ashley Bredemus

Ashley will be cleaning up: Specifically the BWCAW but also the Superior Hiking Trail, Lake Superior, Superior National Forest, and parks along the north shore of Lake Superior.

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Ben Vaughan
Ben Vaughan

Ben will be cleaning up: CDT thru-hike in 2020 and possibly a calendar year Triple Crown attempt.

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Britany Freeman
Britany Freeman

Legacy Grounds Keeper Britany will be cleaning up: Hocking Hills and other Ohio and midwestern state parks; all road travels.

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Cat "Pika"Curtis
Cat "Pika"Curtis

Cat will be cleaning up: Colorado Trail, hopefully the Arizona Trail, Rocky Mtn National Park

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Cliford Mervil
Cliford Mervil

Clif will be cleaning up: Appalachian Trail, French Broad River, Hammocks Beach State Park

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Daniel White
Daniel White

Daniel will be cleaning up: Charlotte, NC as well as WNC, including his hometown Asheville and the NC/TN section of the AT.

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Danny Murphy
Danny Murphy

Danny will be cleaning up: Spokane river, Lake Spokane, Riverside State Park, Mount Spokane State Park, Centennial Trail and many more!

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Devin Holmes
Devin Holmes

Devin will be cleaning up: PCT 2020! Official start date is early May. She also lives in an urban area in Colorado and is very passionate about keeping her close-to-home spaces trash-free. This includes Sloan's lake, Washington Park "Wash Park", and beloved Golden, CO trail systems, including (Apex Open Space Park, Mount Galbraith Park, and North/South Table. Mountain Park

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Hannah Edstrom
Hannah Edstrom

Hannah will be cleaning up: Olympic National Park and any lake or river that will take her from The Grand Portage to Lake Athabasca - BWCA, Lake of the Woods, Rainy River, Lake Winnipeg, Sturgeon-Weir River, Winnipeg River, Saskatchewan River, Churchill River, Reindeer Lake, Wollaston Lake, Fond du Lac River.

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Hatie Parmeter
Hatie Parmeter

Hatie will be cleaning up: Chicago, where she is lucky to have access to the largest system of forest preserves in the country! She is also a kayak guide and paddles on the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and local forest preserve waters like Saganaskee Slough.

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Jen Potts
Jen Potts

Jen will be cleaning up: Any and all Illinois State Parks, the River to River Trail in Shawnee Nat’l Forest, Ozark Trail in Missouri, Mark Twain Nat’l Forest in Missouri, and other Midwest locations as she travels!

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Jen Thiesen
Jen Thiesen

Legacy Grounds Keeper

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Jenny Bruso
Jenny Bruso

Legacy Grounds Keeper & Founder of Unlikely Hikers

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Julie Hukriede
Julie Hukriede

Legacy Grounds Keeper Julie will be cleaning up: Throughout northeastern MN, mainly along the North Shore, state parks, SHT, local trails and surrounding area.

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Kelsey Semrod
Kelsey Semrod

Kelsey will be cleaning up: Northern Shenandoah sections of the AT, Rock Creek National Park, Shenandoah River, Potomac River, Anacostia River.

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Leland Kolson
Leland Kolson

Legacy Grounds Keeper Leland will be cleaning up: Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming national and state parks as well as wilderness areas, BLM land and rivers

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Marlee 'Dirty Bird' Jennings
Marlee 'Dirty Bird' Jennings

Marlee will be cleaning up: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Ocoee River, Sections of the Appalachian Trail.

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Paul 'Hiking Dude' Katz
Paul 'Hiking Dude' Katz

Paul will be cleaning up: North & South ends of A.T., Cloud Peak Wilderness in WY, MN River Bluffs trail, Kekekabic Trail, Border Route Trail.

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Paul 'Spice' Twedt
Paul 'Spice' Twedt

Legacy Grounds Keeper Paul is based in Ely and cleaning up Northern MN - Superior and Chippewa National Forests, various state and county forests, Superior Hiking Trail and BWCAW.

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Reece Thompson
Reece Thompson

Reece will be cleaning up: Sections of the Superior Hiking Trail, Sections of the Ice Age Trail, Several Midwest State and County Parks and Trails, Several Midwest River Trails, likely Mt. Kilimanjaro and at least 1 CO 14er.

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Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson

Sarah will be cleaning up: the PCT!

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Seth Orme
Seth Orme

Legacy Grounds Keeper Seth will be cleaning up: Montana & Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Steven 'Bangarang' Snyder
Steven 'Bangarang' Snyder

Legacy Grounds Keeper Bangarang will be cleaning up: Southern Arizona trails and recreation areas. Possibly some LNT outreach on the PCT and AZT.

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Sunshine State Seekers
Sunshine State Seekers

Legacy Grounds Keepers Chris and Chelsey Stevens will be cleaning up: All Florida Public Lands with a focus on the Florida Trail and the Florida State Forests.

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Suzanne Hassanein
Suzanne Hassanein

Suzanne will be cleaning up: Many sections of the Long Trail and the AT. As well as various trails of the Vermont State Parks.

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Todd Lee
Todd Lee

Todd will cleaning up: 100+ miles of the PCT in So Cal, the JMT, 100+ miles of rec trails around So Cal, 60+ miles in Joshua Tree NP all year long, 60 miles of the Green River in Utah

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Tyler 'The Prodigy' Lau
Tyler 'The Prodigy' Lau

Tyler will be cleaning up: PCT, AZT, AT, CDT, SD Trans County Trail, TRT.

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