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Matthew Kearns, Owner

Grassroots Erosion Control Inc. and Grassroots Environmental were founded in 2016 by Matthew Kearns after he returned home to El Dorado County from serving multiple tours in Afghanistan. Matthew served in the US Army as an Engineer 21E, building roads and Forward Operating Bases from Kandahar to Bagram (2005-2006).  He then continued 8 years of service in Afghanistan as an Operations Coordinator for contracting firms in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (2009-2016). Matthew was born and raised in Placerville, California and started working for his Family's Erosion Control business at a young age. Matthew holds a degree in Occupational Health and Safety from Columbia Southern University. He brings pride, professionalism, dedication, a culture of safety and years of industry knowledge to all of Grassroots Environmental' s projects. 

Kyle Kepford, Operations Manager 

Kyle joined Grassroots Erosion Control Inc. shortly after the company’s creation in 2016. He learned erosion control at an early age working alongside the Kearns brothers in their father’s company. He brings a wealth of experience from his years managing teams of varying sizes in different industries. He works diligently to ensure each project prioritizes safety and maximizes efficiency while providing superior quality erosion control services to every client. He has managed some of Grassroots’ largest projects, including: the Carr fire, Camp fire, Atlas Fire and Oregon Fires. 

Daniella Faieta, Operations Coordinator 

Daniella joined Grassroots Environmental in 2020 with extensive operations and coordination experience in the outdoor hospitality industry. She holds a bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and takes pride in bringing her creativity and design background into the operation and development of Grassroots Environmental. 

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