About Us

TKO’s 2021 Internship Opportunities Coming

We are pleased to announce a number of internship positions that will become available for application soon. We seek folks with a demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, and economic backgrounds. Help TKO make 2021 a year to remember! Inquiries can be directed to steve.kruger@trailkeepersoforegon.org. Positions coming:

  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area – Eagle Creek Fire Trails Recovery
  • Mount Hood National Forest – Trail Ambassador & Stewardship
  • Southern Oregon Coast – Harris Beach & the Samuel Boardman Corridor
  • Santiam State Forest – Beachie Creek Fire Trails Recovery

Taking Action to Save Oregon’s Trails

Over the course of 2019, TKO underwent an update to our 10-year plan and you can now view the content at the link below. Special thanks to our TKO board, volunteers and staff who helped bring together this powerful document that will help inform our work for the next decade!

TKO Strategic Plan 2020-2030
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Volunteer Based

Today, almost all trails on our public lands are now maintained by volunteers. From team building events, to trail parties, and organizing behind the scenes, there’s a way everyone can help.

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How We Work

We begin with maintenance and stewardship projects that preserve current trails, with the idea that we’re not willing to lose another trail to neglect.

Our Mission

Long Term Goal

We’re also committed to restoring proper funding and renewing public agency interest in trails for all the proven benefits they provide for the public.

Advocacy

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People & Partners

As a Trailkeepers of Oregon supporter, you’re helping ensure that our sacred outdoor spaces are protected and maintained for years to come.

Our Staff

Steve Kruger

Steve Kruger

Executive Director

Steve has worked in parks and natural areas for nearly 15 years, around San Francisco, Milwaukee, WI, and Portland – connecting people to nature was integral to his passion. Prior to TKO, he served 10 years with Oregon State Parks, spending his last 2 years with the Gorge State Parks management team.

Natalie Ferraro

Natalie Ferraro

Engagement Manager

A life long Cascadian, Natalie grew up hiking, camping, and climbing trees in Southwest Washington. She earned her degree in Environmental Science from Washington State University and has worked in outdoor recreation and education since 2012. Natalie joined Trailkeepers of Oregon as a staff person in 2018 and in addition to helping out with all of TKO’s volunteer and fundraising programs, she also manages the Trail Ambassador Network.

Susan Schen

Stewardship Manager

Susan comes to TKO having been inspired to trail work during her graduate work in ecological landscape design. Having grown up camping and hiking in the midwest, she has fallen in love with the varied and lush terrain of the Pacific NW. Leading trail crews, being a neighborhood tree steward, volunteering as a master naturalist, or helping kick off local open space conservation efforts, Susan takes every chance she can get to help maintain and preserve our outdoor spaces. She is excited to help expand TKO’s stewardship efforts across Oregon.

Amariah Jean-Baptiste

Producer – Comms. & Data Specialist

Amariah is a Florida native who fell in love with the Pacific Northwest after seeing the beauty of its trails. She has spent the last 4 years gaining experience in the marketing industry and is in the final year of obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Communications from Florida International University. Growing up with few trails in her region she has developed a passion for educating the public on the importance of connecting with nature. She is excited to be able to spread this message through TKO!

Brandon Tigner

North Coast Stewardship Coordinator

Brandon is an Ohio native who found his place in the Pacific Northwest. His passion for trails and stewardship was sparked while volunteering with the Main Appalachian Trail Club, then as an assistant crew leader. Volunteering on an organic farm brought him to the coast and he has since worked in landscaping, construction and fisheries. Brandon has spent the last two seasons as a Trail Crew Leader with Washington Trails Association.

Josh Durham

Hood/Gorge Stewardship Coordinator

An Oregon native, Josh cut his teeth on the woods of Mt. Hood and the waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge.  He has spent the last four years engaged with TKO in various capacities including a season as the Gorge FS Trails Intern, and a season on the Forest Service Trail Crew in the Willamette National Forest and spearheading stewardship on the southern reaches of the Oregon Coast.

Vacant

South Coast Stewardship Coordinator

Current Intern

Jonathan Bennett

South Coast Trails Intern

Jon is an outdoor enthusiast who has been in the PNW for over 6 years. He has been a self-employed glass artist for over 19 years and worked last year as an Oregon State Parks Ranger for Harris Beach State Park. He has also worked as a deck hand on a Tender boat in the southeastern islands of Alexander Archipelago in Alaska and built mountain biking trails on the southern Oregon coast. Not only proud to call the southern Oregon coast his home, Jon is proud to be a trail crew leader and ambassador for Trailkeepers of Oregon and the southern Oregon Coast.

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Emily VanCleve

Gorge Forest Service Trails Intern

Start date September 1st, 2020.

Past Interns

Riley McManus

Gorge FS Trails Intern

Karen Cheney

Karen Cheney

Gorge State Parks Trails Intern

Josh Durham

Josh Durham

Gorge FS Trails Intern

Our Board

Paul Gerald

Paul Gerald

President

Paul joined the board in 2014. He is a freelance writer, author, publisher, and tour guide. He has written for The Oregonian and Willamette Week, and more than 300 travel and food articles for the Memphis Flyer before moving to Oregon in 1996. Paul became board president in 2018.

Jaime English

Vice President

Jaime joined up with the TKO board to further help in parks and natural areas planning and development, much of which she has first hand knowledge of leading in the Columbia River Gorge when she worked for Oregon State Parks. She also has planning and development of nature play areas, looking to engage youth in the outdoors.

Terry Donahe

Treasurer

Terry comes to us with many years hiking and climbing in the Pacific Northwest and is eager to continue his passion by joining TKO’s board. Terry has given time and energy through extensive volunteer work for the Mazamas, Albertina Kerr, the Stanford Alumni Association and OPB. Bringing an undergrad degree in Economics and masters degrees in Financial Services and Management, he’s also a Certified Financial Planner and wealth manager for a small firm in Portland.

Claudio Berstein

Board Member

Claudio joined the board in January 2020. He’s a native Venezuelan where he spent his free time hiking and bushwhacking in the surrounding mountains of Caracas. After a 6 year hiking hiatus while he lived in Chicago, he moved to Portland and quickly fell in love with all the outdoor opportunities the state has to offer. He’s an avid hiker, backpacker and  photographer who’s lead hundreds of hikes with one of Portland’s social hiking group.

Elaine Keavney

Elaine Keavney

Board Member

Elaine Keavney joined the board in December 2016.  She is a registered nurse who spent her clinical years primarily in the emergency department.  Later, she became a nurse educator and worked both in clinical and online academic education, where she still works part time.

Vicente Harrison

Board Member

Vicente rose from part-time, park ranger to his appointment in 2018 to lead the program as Portland Parks & Recreation’s Security and Emergency Manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies-psychology from Concordia University and is an accomplished author of a children’s book called My Nature Exploration. When he’s not working, he enjoys exploring Oregon with his wife Rachel, son Vicente II, and daughter Harper – on a trail or with a pair of binoculars as an avid hiker and bird watcher.

Megan Zabel Holmes

Megan Zabel Holmes

Board Member

Megan joined the board in 2017. After growing up in Minnesota and attending college in Wisconsin, she headed west in 2005 and quickly fell in love with Oregon’s wild places. Megan is an avid hiker, photographer and forager who’s dreaming up ways to cultivate a love of the outdoors in her toddler daughter.

Ben Hedstrom

Board Member

Ben joined the board in 2018. He is trained as a landscape architect and has worked for public agencies planning and constructing public recreation areas and trails in Oregon since 2012. He is currently a park planner in the Portland area.

Schuyler Warren

Schuyler Warren

Board Member

Schuyler joined the board in 2016 shortly after returning to Oregon from Kentucky, where he worked for an environmental education non-profit and served on the board of an urban trails organization. An urban planner and landscape architect by training, he currently works as a planner. Schuyler became board treasurer in 2017 and board vice president in 2018.

Kendra Manton

Board Member

Kendra Manton joined the TKO board at the end of 2019. Kendra is a Portland native and grew up enjoying the wonders of the PNW.  She spent 10 years teaching experiential education across the West and abroad.  She happily returned to Portland 10 years ago to once again explore and now teach her own children what makes this part of the world so special.  She spent the last 5 years working in communications for Oregon land trusts.

Tom Kloster

Tom Kloster

Board Member

Tom is a founding member and past board president and has served in a variety of other board positions over the years in helping get TKO established. Tom grew up in Oregon and has been hiking since he learned to walk, thanks to an outdoors-oriented family life. He’s passionate about giving today’s young families the same amazing experiences he had growing up.

Our Advisory Council

Curtis Smith

Board Advisor

John Sparks

Board Advisor

Maegan Jossy

Board Advisor

Cody Simmonds

Cody Simmonds

Board Advisor

Cheryl Hill

Board Advisor

Emily Swensen

Emily Swensen

Board Advisor

Jeff Statt

Jeff Statt

Board Advisor

Jamie Chabot

Jamie Chabot

Board Advisor

Jane Garbisch

Jane Garbisch

Board Advisor

Renee Tkach

Renee Tkach

Board Advisor

Alex Brown

Alex Brown

Board Advisor

Ron Northway

Ron Northway

Board Advisor

Ryan Ojerio

Ryan Ojerio

Board Advisor

Dan Porter

Dan Porter

Board Advisor

Cindy Lee

Cindy Lee

Board Advisor

Tom Helmer

Tom Helmer

Board Advisor

Jeff Lawton

Jeff Lawton

Board Advisor

Want to Get Involved?

Send us a message to learn more about how you can help us advocate for Oregon’s trails. Or contact us at:

Trailkeepers of Oregon
P.O. Box 14814
Portland, Oregon 97293
(971) 206-4351



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