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American Conservation Experience Receives the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) Partnership Award

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is proud to announce that we have received the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) Partnership Award.

This award was presented to ACE CEO, Laura Herrin, by PCTA Executive Director, Liz Bergeron during their annual meeting in Sacramento. This award is in recognition of organizations such as ACE that have contributed to the Pacific Crest Trail System.

“In recognition of your tremendous contribution to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and collaboration with the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Our partnership is essential in completing significant projects, such as the Mountain Fire restoration. Thank you for your commitment to this work and the conservation ethic you have inspired in countless young adults, including the PCTA volunteers whom you’ve welcomed into your crews. The ACE-PCTA partnership will benefit generations of Pacific Crest Trail hikers and horseback riders for years to come.” -PCTA

PCTA and ACE launched this collaboration back in 2013. The results of this collaboration were presented by Jen Trip who is the PCTA Director of Trails Operations. We were delighted to learn that since our partnerships inception ACE coordinated 88,000 volunteer crew hours, including both PCTA volunteers and ACE members. We served over 20 National Forests and several BLM units rehabilitating trails destroyed by wildfires and maintaining over 400 miles of the iconic PCT.

ACE President and CEO Laura Herrin adds: “We are so appreciative to receive this partnership award from PCTA. This is a long standing and important partnership that has grown and developed over the years. It is an honor to provide our trails crews this experience and they are so proud to serve on one of the greatest trails in the nation. We look forward too many years and miles together.”

For more information on the great work that Pacific Crest Trail Association is doing visit their website at:


Regarding COVID19

There has been much news regarding the spread of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 as it impacts our country.

Some important things to know:

● Member and staff health, safety and well-being are our top concern.

●We have staff monitoring the situation and have a management plan that is being continually
developed as the situation evolves.

● We are in contact with our partners to ensure that protocols and policies are shared and

● We are working and are confident in our ability to continue to do so!

●Our lands need you. Please do not delay your application to ACE programs. If circumstances change, you can change your mind without penalty.

As we are following and staying current with happenings outside of ACE, we’re also doing the following to ensure that we minimize any possible exposure.

Our staff and members are washing hands thoroughly and often and:

  • using sanitizer where soap and water are not readily available.
  • avoiding contact with people who are sick.
  • trying really hard to avoid touching eyes, noses and mouths.
  • asking staff and members to stay home if they are feeling sick while continuing to
    support them.
  • being mindful to use tissues when coughing or sneezing. o cleaning thoroughly and often.
  • receiving continuing education on best practices.

Also know we have established a team under the leadership of our Risk Management Director to assure that our organizational response remains adequate and current and follows the most up to date recommendations from the CDC and other public health officials.

Please see the following resources for further information:

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ACE welcomes new President and CEO, Laura Herrin

For Immediate Release:

Flagstaff, AZ, July 11, 2018–

American Conservation Experience (ACE) proudly announces the selection of Laura Herrin as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Laura begins her leadership role at ACE on July 16, 2018, succeeding ACE Founder, Chris Baker who is stepping down after 15 years of exceptional service and organizational growth nationwide.

“Laura Herrin has dedicated her career to youth and young adult development and conservation corps programs and has a great track record of accomplishments,” said Brad Bippus, ACE’s board chair. “Laura has a very obvious passion for ACE’s dual mission of on-the-ground environmental work and providing meaningful opportunities for young people. We are delighted to have Laura, with her very impressive skills and many years of leadership experience, take the helm of ACE.”

Since 2002, Laura Herrin has been an integral part of the growth and success of one of the most recognized nonprofit industry leaders in youth conservation and outdoor programs, The Student Conservation Associations (SCA). Laura’s vision and leadership led to a series of promotions over her 15 years with SCA, encompassing a tenure that included roles as National Director, Innovation Director and culminating in to the position of Senior Vice President. Laura took a leading role to create strategies around revenues, program development, and risk and safety management. In addition, she has been vital in negotiating cooperative agreements, developing new programs and partnerships, and managed a significant revenue budget for SCA. Laura currently advocates for the entire conservation corps industry through her position as Partnership Director with the Corps Network.

“I am thrilled to be joining a talented and passionate team at ACE,” says Laura. It is my goal to continue the work of and to build on the foundation that has made this organization a leader in the conservation field. We will continue to focus on being the partner of choice, completing important and needed conservation work, being the program of choice for young people wanting to do this work, and the employer of choice, attracting and engaging a diverse and talented staff.”

ACE Founder, Chris Bakers says. “Laura’s career has been defined by innovation, perseverance, and commitment to conservation corps. Her resume is robust, but much more importantly, I’ve always found her to be open, honest, direct, and engaging. The confidence and vision Laura embodies will ultimately inspire change and ACE will continue to thrive.”

Laura Herrin is a passionate, dedicated Executive Leader with an exceptional record of launching and building effective programs and consistent revenue growth. ACE is pleased to have her join our growing organization.

ACE is grounded in the philosophy that cooperative labor on meaningful conservation projects fosters cross cultural understanding and operates in the belief that challenging volunteer service unites people of all backgrounds in common cause.
If you would like more information please contact Susie Jardine at 928-226-6960 or email at