Who We Are

About Wilderness LouisvilleJefferson Memorial Forest

Wilderness Louisville, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2013 with a mission to be champions for Louisville’s natural areas, from Jefferson Memorial Forest, the nation’s largest municipally-owned urban forest, to the ones in your neighborhood. We work in partnership with the Louisville Metro Government’s Department of Parks and Recreation to promote the development, stewardship and community awareness of these important public spaces.

Mission Statement

We are champions for Louisville’s natural areas from Jefferson Memorial Forest, the nation’s largest city-owned urban forest, to the ones in your neighborhood.


Meet our Board

Andy Reynolds
Public Sector Representative, Waste Management

Vicki Welch
Retired, Louisville Metro Government

Charlotte Caldwell
Office Administrator, Kentucky Waterways Alliance

Patricia Tennen
Chief Office of Strategic Initiatives, KY Youth Advocates

Tom Armstrong
Retired, Kentucky State Government

Kendall Boyd
Chief Equity Officer, Louisville Metro Government

Krista Drescher-Burke
Program Evaluator, Jefferson County Public Schools

Chuck Haddaway
Athletics Director, Portland Christian School

Johnique Ison
Neighborhood Liaison, Center for Neighborhoods

JoAnn James
Education Administrator

Jenny Johnston
Business Development Manager, PRG Commercial Property Advisers

Lynn Rippy
Executive Director, YouthBuild Louisville

Randal Strobo
Attorney, Strobo Barkley PLLC

Erin Wagoner 
Environmental Partnerships Liaison, MSD

Bennett Knox
Executive Director
Parks Administrator, Jefferson Memorial Forest

Dana Kasler
Director, Louisville Parks and Recreation

What We’ve Done

Wilderness Louisville is proud to say that in 2019 we were able to provide nearly 5,000 youth with critical connections to nature. All while helping the Jefferson Memorial Forest maintain 47 miles of soft-surface trails and continuing our plans to advance connectivity between Jefferson Memorial Forest and the greater Louisville Metro Area. To learn more about our 2019 accomplishments and progress click the link below to view our 2019 annual report.