About Us

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

2022 Board Service: Ongoing Recruitment

TKO Strategic Plan 2020-2030
TKO Board Expectations
TKO Board Application

Each year between August to October, TKO seeks to recruit volunteers to join our Board and help guide our organization in the many ways we hope to protect and enhance Oregon’s hiking experience. We are especially eager to expand our representation geographically and an ideal candidate will demonstrate an ability to work with people of diverse races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, & economic backgrounds. We have extended our recruitment with 3 additional Board positions. Submit inquiries below &/or reach out to TKO Board President jaime.english@trailkeepersoforegon.org.



    TKO’s 2021-2022 Internship Opportunities

    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:

    • Mount Hood National Forest – Trail Ambassador & Stewardship

    APPLY JANUARY 2022, START MAY 2022
    • Southern Oregon Coast – Harris Beach & the Samuel Boardman Corridor

    APPLY JANUARY 2022, START MAY 2022
    • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area – Eagle Creek Fire Trails Recovery

    APPLY JANUARY 2022, START MAY 2022
    • Santiam State Forest – Beachie Creek Fire Trails Recovery

    APPLY TBD

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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!

    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.

    Sailee Clemens

    South Coast Stewardship Coordinator

    Sailee has lived nearly her entire life in Oregon. She grew up and now resides in the Coastal Mountains just east of Coos Bay. It was in those native forests that she grew to love Oregon’s natural wildness and has now made a career of stewarding forests for future generations. She is looking forward to getting back to trailwork after nearly a decade break, her original work being with the Student Conservation Association (Americorps) in the Adirondack Park of New York. During her hiatus from trailwork, Sailee worked as a wildlife biologist monitoring two endangered avian species and built her own Yoga Studio business. She is excited to combine all of these skills to care, maintain, and build trail systems from Reedsport to Brookings!

    Emily Akdedian

    North Coast Stewardship Coordinator

    Emily is an Oregon native who spent ample time on the North Coast growing up. She studied Anthropology and Natural Resources before moving to Costa Rica, Australia, and Hungary to work on various conservation and education projects. She is now happily transplanted back to her native habitat in Manzanita. She enjoys biking, learning about birds, conducting preschool science experiments, kayaking with the current, and exploring sections of the Oregon Coast Trail with her husband and two young kids. She is grateful to be living in this magnificent place and excited to be continuing TKO’s stewardship in the region.

    Vito Perrone

    Saw Coordinator

    Vito’s introduction to the trails and saw world began in 2009, with a Student Conservation Association pilot program in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. A passion for stewardship has taken him to Rocky Mountain National Park, Biscayne National Park and the Sonoran Desert National Monument. In 2015, life and work brought Vito to the Mt. Hood National Forest. Here he has found a variety of opportunities and partnerships through the Forest Service, non-profits, and concessionaires. Keeping his saw tuned and eyes on the trails, he’s excited to join TKO.

    Current Interns

    Colton Biesley

    Santiam Trails Intern

    Jasmine Morrow

    Santiam Trails Intern

    Tyler Riccatone

    Santiam Trails Intern

    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

    Jonathan Bennett

    South Coast Trails Intern

    Emily VanCleve

    Gorge FS Trails Intern

    Our Board

    Jaime English

    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.

    Christina Taylor

    Vice President

    Christina grew up in southern California and spent her summers hiking around the Sierra Nevada mountains. She immediately fell in love with all the Pacific Northwest has to offer when she relocated here in 2006. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree and brings many years of operations management experience with her. When she’s not working, Christina can be found on a hiking trail or kayaking around a lake.

    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.

    Wendy Gorton

    Secretary

    Wendy holds a master’s degree in learning technologies and is a former classroom teacher. She worked as a National Geographic Fellow in Australia researching Tasmanian devils, a PolarTREC teacher researcher in archaeology in Alaska, an Earthwatch teacher fellow in the Bahamas and New Orleans, and a GoNorth! teacher explorer studying climate change via dogsled in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. She is an author, National Outdoor Book Award Winner 50 Hikes with Kids highlights the most kid-friendly hikes in Oregon and Washington. Today, she is a global education consultant based in Portland who has traveled to more than fifty countries to design programs, build communities, and train other educators to do the same.

    Maya Agarwal

    Board Member

    Maya Agarwal is a parks planner with Portland Parks & Recreation, and her favorite way to interact with nature is to get out on a trail hike. She is eager to bring to the TKO Board her experience coordinating regularly with trail planners and land management agencies in the region. Her experience includes strategic planning, feasibility studies, trail planning alignment studies, and trail route alternative analysis. She is also a landscape architect with many years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, with a professional and personal commitment to public space planning, design, and preservation efforts.

    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.

    Shasta Zielke

    Board Member

    Shasta grew up in Kansas, and spent her childhood years being active outside as much as possible. She moved to Oregon in 2010 so she could spend more time in the trees and out on the trails. She’s spent her career working for and with a variety of nonprofits, including Oregon Public Broadcasting and Oregon Wild – currently works at LKA Fundraising & Communications. She believes in the power of storytelling and community building to change the world, and is passionate about working with organizations that share these values. Her time in Oregon has taught her the importance of protecting and stewarding our public lands, while building awareness and improving access so that everyone can enjoy our wild places. She is excited to do more of this work with Trailkeepers of Oregon. Shasta is an avid runner and can often be found trail running, hiking, camping, backpacking, and snowshoeing around the Pacific Northwest.

    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.

    Reena Clements

    Board Member

    Reena joined the TKO Board in 2021. Since moving to Oregon in 2013, she has enjoyed taking advantage of the countless outdoors activities the PNW has to offer. She began volunteering with the Mazamas in 2015 to become more involved with the outdoors community and is excited to continue giving back to the community in new ways through TKO. Reena is particularly interested in initiatives involving access and equity. At her day job, Reena is a project manager in science/healthcare tech, and in her spare time enjoys hiking & climbing, staying in fire lookouts, and always planning for the next big trip.

    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

    Claudio Berstein

    Board Advisor

    Elaine Keavney

    Elaine Keavney

    Board Advisor

    Kendra Manton

    Board Advisor

    Megan Zabel Holmes

    Megan Zabel Holmes

    Board Member

    Schuyler Warren

    Schuyler Warren

    Board Member

    Paul Gerald

    Paul Gerald

    Board Advisor

    Curtis Smith

    Board Advisor

    Maegan Jossy

    Board Advisor

    Cody Simmonds

    Cody Simmonds

    Board Advisor

    Cheryl Hill

    Board Advisor

    Emily Swensen

    Emily Swensen

    Board Advisor

    John Sparks

    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

    Jeff Statt

    Jeff Statt

    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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