ACE Solutions

Overview

ACE Solutions is an internal consulting group composed of subject matter experts on the topics of trails, forestry, restoration, and wilderness medicine. The Solutions environmental consulting team’s purpose is to provide external consultation services, promote the internal development of program capacity, and expand and provide direct technical support where appropriate. ACE Solutions develops and implements training for agency staff and volunteers, friends groups, private companies and organizations, ranchers, and youth serving organizations among others. Trail system planning (including multi-use, mountain bike and ADA) and skills training, fuels and fire mitigation, chainsaw and crosscut saw, invasive species and plant management, and GIS mapping. Additionally, they can participate in or create habitat improvement management plans that will ensure project success. The ACE Solutions’ environmental consultants are mobile and available for both in-person and virtual consultation.

The ACE Solutions Team is comprised of Mark Loseth (National Trails Specialist), Carl Nelson (National Forestry Specialist), Ian Torrence (National Restoration Specialist), Julia Parish (Pacific West Restoration Specialist), and Christian Bopp (National Medical Training Specialist). The ACE Solutions staff are trained in conservation biology, habitat restoration, horticulture, botany, forestry, wildfire mitigation, wildlife management, geographic information systems (GIS), pesticide application, wilderness medicine and safety, mechanized equipment operation, and trail design and construction.

ACE Member working on a Trail

Trails

The ACE Trail program has developed a reputation for completing challenging projects to a high standard throughout the country.  We work with land managers of all types, from federal land agencies to volunteer trail advocacy groups and non-profit land conservancies. This depth of experience has provided us with a wealth of knowledge on a variety of management strategies, construction standards and user experience desires.  We bring this experience with us to inform and strengthen each partnership we have.

Contact: Mark Loseth | mloseth@usaconservation.org | (307) 699-1018

Trail Planning & Design

Trail planning and design services are designed around land management goals and community interests.  Local knowledge is integral to quality trail planning and ACE Trail Specialists dedicated to creating trail plans that best reflect the energy and uniqueness of each community.  Trail Planning services include:

    • Trail System Connectivity and Public Access
    • Accessible Trail Design
    • Trail Re-alignments
    • User Experience improvements to existing trails
Trail Trainings

ACE Solutions provides in-depth trail training opportunities for agency crews and volunteers to assist land managers in meeting trail maintenance and construction goals.  The program is built on a progressive 5-module program that is designed to advance participants’ knowledge in trail work, including:

  • Trail Assessment and Maintenance
  • Trail Construction
  • Trail Design
    • Non-motorized, multi-use
    • Motorized, multi-use
    • Accessible trails conforming with ADA/ABA guidelines
  • Introduction to Rigging for Trails
  • Dry Stone Masonry
Trails Consultation and Technical Support Services
  • Trail design, management, and construction
  • Light equipment operation for trails and restoration
ACE Member sawing a log

Forestry

The ACE Solutions Forestry Specialist collaborates with a wide variety of partners, including but not limited to federal/state land managers and non-governmental (non-profit and private) groups. The specialist works closely with the partner to evaluate the current condition of the forest or Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) zones to create a management plan that promotes forest health and reduces the risk of wildfire. As a 15-year career wildland firefighter for both federal and local fire agencies and an active US Forest Service C Faller, ACE’s Forestry Specialist has an extensive background in wildfire suppression, prescribed fire operations, hazardous fuels mitigation, and firewise assessments.

Contact: Carl Nelson | cnelson@usaconservation.org | 928-522-4858

Forestry Trainings
  • U.S. Forest Service approved training and evaluation program
    • Chainsaw
    • Crosscut
  • Advanced Faller Training
    • Chainsaw
Forestry Consultation and Technical Support Services
  • Fuels mitigation plans to reduce wildfire risk
  • Forest Health Plans
  • Firewise Assessments
ACE member working on forest restoration

Restoration

ACE Solutions Restoration Specialists provide a wide range of ecological restoration services to Federal, state, and non-governmental (non-profit and private) partners across the United States. Our specialists offer collaborators support with restoration planning and implementation, invasive species management, species re-vegetation, and habitat monitoring and maintenance. The Solutions Restoration Specialists are certified pesticide applicators in California and Arizona and may work in other states through license reciprocity.

Contact (National): Dan McLendon| dmclendon@usaconservation.org | (704) 661-1243

Restoration Trainings
  • ACE Restoration Practical Theory and Concepts 
  • Volunteer management in the field
  • Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Pesticide Handler Training
Restoration Consultation and Technical Support Services
  • Wildland and urban interface restoration management planning
  • Systems and Data management that complies with federal land management requirements
  • Landscape Level Project Planning
  • Design and Produce Invasive Plant Management Plans
  • On-the-ground invasive plant control and revegetation project services
  • GIS and mapping
ACE member working on medical training

Medical

ACE has a partnership with Desert Mountain Medicine LLC (DMM), which allows ACE to provide wilderness medicine courses using Desert Mountain’s educational materials and certification system. Since 2017, ACE has been providing DMM wilderness medicine courses to corps members, volunteers, ACE staff, and community members. The aim of the ACE Wilderness Medicine Program is to prepare students for backcountry and urban medical emergencies.

Contact: Christian Bopp | cbopp@usaconservation.org 

Medical Service Trainings
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Automated External Defibrillator
  • Wilderness Anaphylaxis Training
  • Basic First Aid
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Wilderness First Aid Instructor Training Course
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