Six ACE staff members are currently in Washington D.C. attending The Corps Network Conference. Representing ACE this year are Director of Utah, Jake Powell; Southeast Director, Adam Scherm; Director of California Operations, Eric Robertson; AmeriCorps Program Coordinator-California, Carolyn Getschow; National AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, Bradley Hunter; and National Restoration Program Manager, Afton Mckusick.The Corps Network National Conference is an annual gathering of national, state, and local leaders in the fields of youth development, community service, and the environment. Attendees include approximately 200 Directors and senior staff from Service and Conservation Corps across the country; officials from federal agencies; representatives from philanthropic foundations; and friends and supporters of the Corps movement.
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
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.
The 30th Annual California Trails and Greeenways Conference was held at Yosemite National Park on April 22-24 2015. The conference is a 3-day training venue for trail professionals and advocates to learn practical, up-to-date trail skills; and provides a forum for collaborating on accessible and quality trail systems. The conference also acknowledges and shows appreciation for worthy individuals, organizations, agencies and businesses that, through their hard work, integrity and social responsibility, have made outstanding contributions to promote, enhance or expand public awareness and use of trails and greenways in California during the year.
The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) Eagle Falls Trail Reconstruction Project, on which ACE Crews worked between April and October 2014, won the Merit Award for project development. Garret Villanueva accepted the award on behalf of LTBMU and took the opportunity to talk about the positive relationship with ACE, which has developed over the previous 6 years.
Steps on the Eagle Falls Trail – before and after
Another highlight of this year’s conference was the session hosted by ACE’s National Trails Trainer Patrick Parsel and National Trails Director, Mark Loseth. The session was titled ‘Maximizing Volunteers for Trail Work – recruit, train, retrain’ and aimed to provide land management agencies and “friends of” groups, who often rely on volunteers to perform a majority of their trail work, with the knowledge and expertise to effectively utilize the volunteer resource.
Mark Loseth presenting at the California Trails and Greenways conference
Patrick and Mark tapped into their extensive experiences of recruiting and training hundreds of volunteers at ACE, and explained how to make the most of a volunteer’s valuable time and contribution. A particular emphasis was placed on leadership skills, training methods, and methods to ensure volunteers keep coming back.
We at ACE are so very proud of Patrick, Mark, and all of the ACE corps members who worked so hard on the Eagle Falls Trail Reconstruction project last year. Thank you! We would also like to extend a thank you to the Lake Tahoe Basin Management team for your support and partnership. For more details about the California Trails and Greenways Conference please see their site.
Over the last 10 years, ACE has been fortunate to have developed an amazing and ever-growing list of partners and affiliates. This week we would like to showcase our relationship with our partners and our place in The Corps Network.
ACE’s success is due in part to our supportive and generous partners, and in recognition of this we currently have a delegation of key staff and a board member representing ACE at The Corps Networks National Conference in Washington D.C. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Tackling America’s Greatest Challenges’ and in attendance are national, state, and local leaders in the fields of youth development, community service, and the environment. Attendees include approximately 200 Directors and senior staff from Service and Conservation Corps across the country; officials from Federal agencies; representatives from philanthropic foundations; and friends and supporters of the Corps movement. Joining these attendees are ACE founder and President Chris Baker, Board Member Brad Bippus, and ACE staff from around the country.
North Carolina Director Adam Shcerm, National Internship Associate Director Hannah Wendel, National Americorps Manager Brad Hunter, and California Director Keith Trainor at The Corps Network Conference
With over 100 members that operate across all of the United States and the District of Columbia, The Corps Network is a leader in our nation’s corps movement.
The Corps Network enrolls over 26,000 corps members annually, supporting youth and young adults by connecting them with a national network of Corps programs to foster education through a service-learning environment. Encouraging innovation, developing strategies in youth and young adult development, and resource conservation are among the many goals of The Corps Network.
Americorps Program Supervisor Ben Pohl, California Director of Operations Eric Robertson, and North Carolina Director Adam Scherm at The Corps Network Conference, Washington DC.
This overall mission of The Corps Network is to “Provide critical leadership to the Corps movement and to our nation’s Service and Conservation Corps as they harness the power of youth and young adults to tackle some of America’s greatest challenges and transform their own lives.”
This mission, as well as the principles of The Corps Network, serve as a guide for American Conservation Experience as we stand in solidarity with our partner to “strengthen America through Service and Conservation”. We plan to share further details of the conference’s findings once our colleagues return.
ACE is proud to be a member of The Corps Network. For more information on The Corps Network please visit their website at: www.corpsnetwork.org.