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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:

ACE receives American Trails Award!

We are proud to announce that ACE and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) have received the American Trails Partnership Award (Level One) at The International Trails Symposium which was held in Portland, Oregon on May 19-22.

ACE - LTBMU Partnership Award

ACE – LTBMU Partnership Award

The American Trails Partnership Level One award is granted to a partnership which benefits agencies or services within the field of trail planning, design, or implementation. ACE and LTBMU of the US Forest Service have partnered on projects since 2009. Most recently ACE and LTBMU partnered worked closely together on the Eagle Falls Trail Reconstruction Project, a 2.5 mile sustainable multi-use trail. This project alone has provided more than 50 young adults with valuable trail-building and conservation experience.


American Trails National Award Seal

The American Trails Awards Program aims to recognize the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, and other leaders who are working for the betterment of trails both nationally and internationally and in both rural and urban settings.

A big thank you to our staff and corps members who worked on this project, and to our fellow award winners and partner Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Click here to read the full press release of the American Trail Awards.for a full description of the award and the ACE-LTBMU partnership visit the 2015 Partnership Award – Level 1 page on