For immediate release:

Flagstaff, AZ, August 11, 2020

American Conservation Experience (ACE) – ACE would like to acknowledge and announce the departure of Executive Vice President, Sarah Miggins. Sarah has been offered a truly exciting opportunity with the State of California to lead their State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division.  Sarah has been involved with the Division as a volunteer Commissioner since 2015 and was poised to take on the Chair role. She received a call last month from the Governor’s office with the offer to serve as the Division lead and has accepted this appointment.

Sarah’s final day with ACE will be August 14.

Sarah has contributed immensely to the current programming at ACE and led a variety of efforts during her tenure. Among her many accomplishments was her work in coordinating and professionalizing our Human Resources department, supported our Healthy Workforce Initiative and has been a guide to staff and trusted advisor to ACE President, Laura Herrin. Sarah has been a true leader for ACE and the compassion and humanity that she brought to her decision making will be sorely missed.

We are very excited for Commissioner Miggins and proud of this recognition of her efforts. I know that her love for ACE and the conservation corps movement will continue and we look forward to following her stellar career!

From the State of California Governor’s Office:

California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced the appointment of Sarah Miggins as Deputy Director of the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division(OHMVR). The OHMVR Division is the nation’s leader in management of off-highway vehicle recreation as a sustainable activity. The state-wide responsibility has existed for nearly 50 years; establishing practices that reduce or prevent damage to the environment from OHV activity by partnering with other local, state, and federal land managers including ACE. The program areas under the Division include Administration, OHV local grants program, Planning and Resources, Law Enforcement, Interpretation and Education.  The primary components of the Division are the management of 9 State Vehicular Recreation Areas (SVRAs), that provide motorized recreational opportunities on approximately 145,000 acres of State Parks’ lands. The second component is a grant program providing financial assistance to local, state and federal agencies as well as Native American tribes, nonprofits and educational institutions. Sarah has been a member of the Off -Highway Motor Vehicle Commission since 2018 and has been leading OHV volunteer programs since starting her career in conservation over two decades ago. 

For more information on the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division (OHMVR) is doing visit their website at:

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.

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