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 WehrleLegacy 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.
Ari LeachAri 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!
Ashley BredemusAshley 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.
Ben VaughanBen will be cleaning up: CDT thru-hike in 2020 and possibly a calendar year Triple Crown attempt.
Britany FreemanLegacy Grounds Keeper
Britany will be cleaning up: Hocking Hills and other Ohio and midwestern state parks; all road travels.
Cat "Pika"CurtisCat will be cleaning up: Colorado Trail, hopefully the Arizona Trail, Rocky Mtn National Park
Cliford MervilClif will be cleaning up: Appalachian Trail, French Broad River, Hammocks Beach State Park
Daniel WhiteDaniel will be cleaning up: Charlotte, NC as well as WNC, including his hometown Asheville and the NC/TN section of the AT.
Danny MurphyDanny will be cleaning up: Spokane river, Lake Spokane, Riverside State Park, Mount Spokane State Park, Centennial Trail and many more!
Devin HolmesDevin 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
Hannah EdstromHannah 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.
Hatie ParmeterHatie 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.
Jen PottsJen 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!
Julie HukriedeLegacy Grounds Keeper
Julie will be cleaning up: Throughout northeastern MN, mainly along the North Shore, state parks, SHT, local trails and surrounding area.
Kelsey SemrodKelsey will be cleaning up: Northern Shenandoah sections of the AT, Rock Creek National Park, Shenandoah River, Potomac River, Anacostia River.
Leland KolsonLegacy 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
Marlee 'Dirty Bird' JenningsMarlee will be cleaning up: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Ocoee River, Sections of the Appalachian Trail.
Paul 'Hiking Dude' KatzPaul will be cleaning up: North & South ends of A.T., Cloud Peak Wilderness in WY, MN River Bluffs trail, Kekekabic Trail, Border Route Trail.
Paul 'Spice' TwedtLegacy 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.
Reece ThompsonReece 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.
Seth OrmeLegacy Grounds Keeper
Seth will be cleaning up: Montana & Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Steven 'Bangarang' SnyderLegacy Grounds Keeper
Bangarang will be cleaning up: Southern Arizona trails and recreation areas. Possibly some LNT outreach on the PCT and AZT.
Sunshine State SeekersLegacy 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.