Erin Kirkland, Executive Director
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Erin and her family have lived in Alaska since 2005. Erin has a background within Alaska's tourism industry as a travel journalist specializing in outdoor recreation in the 49th state. 

An advocate of public land and community stewardship, Erin also has worked within the realm of trail maintenance and volunteerism, having assisted Washington Trails Association in developing their now-thriving trail maintenance program way back in the 1990's. 

Erin looks forward to implementing some new projects at Manitoba cabin to draw even more people to its scenic beauty and diverse opportunity. She is also working hard to develop a new hut site near the Spencer Whistlestop in the Placer Valley area. 

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Mackenzie Barnwell, Operations Manager
 A Seward local, Mackenzie grew up exploring the Kenai Peninsula hiking, skiing, and trail-running. She has spent the past 5 years working in the outdoor recreation industry, and is passionate about sharing all that Alaska has to offer. Mackenzie is enthusiastic about building hut systems that make areas of Alaska more accessible to the public. She enjoys boating, mountain running, skiing, good food, and mastering new skills.

Mackenzie is responsible for the day-to-day operations at Manitoba cabin and yurts at Mile 48 of the Seward Highway. She keeps the facility in top shape for visitors, and is the organization's go-to person for our work weekends, scheduled twice a year. 

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