Eric Berendsen

Project Foreman & Machine Operator

Fort Thomas, KY

On any given day at Dirt Artisans, Eric not only oversees field work and construction, but also wears many hats as machine operator, carpenter, mechanic, CDL driver and arborist. After finishing his studies with a degree in Natural Resources from Hocking College in Ohio, Eric did trail construction and maintenance and forest fire training and became a certified sawyer while working for the Daniel Boone National Forest. A subsequent stint in the bike industry as a store manager and lead mechanic had Eric longing to return to the outdoors. With a passion for the outdoors and his attention to detail, Eric did just that, joining the Dirt Artisans Team in 2015.

In addition to building trails, Eric enjoys camping, paddling, fishing and riding his mountain bike in places like Tower Park in Fort Thomas, Kentucky; Devou Park in Covington, Kentucky; Jakes Rocks in Warren, Pennsylvania; and the Pisgah, George Washington and Daniel Boone National Forests in North Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky, respectively. He and his wife also once rode ~4,000 miles unsupported from Cincinnati, Ohio to Astoria, Oregon on the TransAmerica Bike Route.