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Founded in 2004 in Flagstaff, Arizona, ACE was established as a local conservation corps, providing a range of service programs and opportunities for both American and international participants.
Over the years ACE continued to grow and expand its programming partnerships that include federal land management agencies and dozens of federal, state, municipal, and nonprofit partnerships. Currently ACE operates out of hubs in Flagstaff, AZ; Sacramento, CA; Ridgecrest, CA; Hurricane, UT and Asheville, NC along with a robust remote workforce located across the country.
To meet the needs of both partners and potential members beyond the original crew program, ACE has added an individual placement program, Emerging Professionals in Conservation (EPIC) as well as programming focused on private lands.
As ACE approaches its twentieth anniversary in 2024, the organization stands as one of our nation’s premier conservation corps and provides opportunities for young adults in all fifty states and a number of territories. Over the years ACE has engaged thousands of young adults who have gained personal and professional skills and experience while completing needed conservation projects and having a true impact on America’s national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands.
ACE looks to the next twenty years and beyond to continue its commitment to building new generations of conservation stewards to provide critical protection of our fragile environmental ecosystems, preserve historic monuments and sites, and ensure sustainable access to our public lands.