Leaders for a Litter-Free Tennessee
Join us for a clean up day May 22, 2021
Outdoor recreation has seen an influx of folks who aren’t recreating responsibly. Overcrowding in areas like Laurel Falls and the Blue Hole in the Cherokee National Forest, as well as Carvers Gap and Max Patch along the Appalachian Trail have contributed to an increase in pollution and trail erosion. We’re featuring local leaders for a litter-free Tennessee and ways you can help reduce your footprint on our lands.
Meet Our Leaders
Presently, Alaina plays a huge role in organizing clean-ups around Northeast Tennessee. She focuses on solid waste management and increasing landfill diversion by addressing illegal dumping, helping coordinate where illegal dump sites are, and scheduling dumpsters on site while adhering to proper disposal of tires.
Carley is on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Rocky Fork State Park. He is also a teacher at Daniel Boone High School. Carley has a great passion for the outdoors and has been volunteering at Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park long before it was an official Tennessee State Park. We took him to the trails to learn more about his efforts and ways for YOU to get involved.
Channing is an AmeriCorps member currently serving as an Environmental Stewardship Coordinator for NeTREP in Northeast Tennessee. She facilitates plans with outdoor land management agencies and nonprofits to organize work days in the outdoors. She is very passionate about state parks and national forests and advocates for “leaving it better than you found it,” while practicing Leave No Trace ethics.
Matt, owner of USA Raft Adventure Resort, cares about protecting the public lands we recreate. He has been working in the outdoor industry for more than 30 years including majoring in outdoor recreation in college, guiding experiences, and now owning one of Northeast Tennessee’s prime adventure resorts.
Joe Hoffman of Hoffman Composting has dedicated his life’s work to keeping recyclables out of the landfill and waterways by repurposing them into our local communities! Running a Composting Facility is more than just turning trash into primo dirt. Hoffman Composting has been around for five years and counting, and here’s an insider look at what goes on behind the scenes.
Meet Jared Kreiss, a local Tennessee photographer who utilizes his passion for capturing photos to spread an awareness for the natural world all around us! By sharing his photography across online platforms and publications, Jared invites his followers to grow an appreciation for the outdoors and protect them.