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About Us

Founded in 2017, Steep Creek is a unique contracting company focused on sustainable projects that benefit people and natural resources.  Based in Arkansas, our team provides a diverse line of services for landowners, property managers, utilities, municipalities, nonprofits, and government agencies.


Our mission is to deliver professional, eco-friendly projects in the safest, most cost-effective way possible.​ 

Our Leadership Team


Clay Knighten

Operations Division Leader

Clay was born and raised in Mena, Arkansas and graduated from Mena High School in 2005. Clay received his B.S. from Arkansas Tech University in 2009. During college and after graduating he worked for the U.S. Forest Service on the Ouachita National Forest, Shoshone National Forests and Bighorn National Forest as a member of the Wyoming Interagency Hotshot Crew. In May 2014, Clay accepted the Fire Management Crew Leader position with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Arkansas. In 2016, Clay was promoted to lead the Arkansas Unpaved Roads Program (AURP) effort. In 2019, Clay helped lead a legislative effort to allocate existing state funding toward the AURP, providing counties additional funding to address eroding unpaved roads and enhance water quality. In 2020, Clay stepped away from his position with TNC to lead Steep Creek Operations Division. Clay and his family live in Conway, Arkansas.


Dion Reid

Construction Division Leader

Dion was raised in Marshall, AR and graduated from Marshall High School in 2002.  After high school Dion attended the University of Arkansas prior to pursuing a career in the construction industry. In 2008, Dion was hired by an independent contractor tasked with general construction activities at nuclear power plant facilities throughout the United States. In 2014, Dion was promoted to Supervisor, ensuring construction team safety, quality, and efficiency. In 2017, Dion launched his own construction company in Arkansas, focused on conservation related projects for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, The Nature Conservancy, and private landowners. In 2020, Dion joined Steep Creek to lead the Construction Division. Dion and his family live in Marshall, Arkansas.

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