"Nurture nature" is the motto they live by.
Ben Sweet • Aug 11, 2017
If you need an old car axle and some semi-truck tires, check out your local... waterway.
For Granite Gear sponsored Minnesotan adventurers Paul Twedt and Michael Anderson, such items are commonplace in Minnesota's rivers. The duo just completed phase two of the Three Rivers Expedition -- spending the last 40 days and 539 miles removing 5,719 pounds of trash from the upper Mississippi watershed.
Twedt and Anderson are the founders of Adventure Stewardship Alliance, an organization devoted to inspiring stewardship for the environment. They clean up litter and connect communities along the rivers and public lands that they value. Partners include a number of local Minnesota companies, including: Urban Boatbuilders (for canoes), Sisters Camelot (for food), and Granite Gear (for portage packs, backpacks and stuffsacks). Other support comes from the outdoor recreation industry, like REI, GearJunkie, Sierra Designs, Astral Designs, Bending Branches, and Zeal Optics. Packing It Out works as their environmental partner.
Twedt and Anderson believe the river trash isn't one person's problem -- it's everybody's.
Their expeditions ends in late October, after hosting a cleanup event at Fort Snelling State Park. But for now, Twedt and Anderson are in search of volunteers. As Twedt mentions, "This work takes a community, and we aim to connect people around stewarding precious water resources in Minnesota."