For Immediate Release
August 10, 2023


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United States Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff Visits with Crew Corps Members Working in Grand Teton National Park

Flagstaff, AZ —
American Conservation Experience (ACE) corps members received a visit by the Second Gentleman of the United States Douglas Emhoff at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on August 9, 2023.

During the visit, corps members showcased their work including the protection of fragile habitats including native sagebrush ecosystems and fighting invasive species to support the survival of the Greater Sage-Grouse.

“We are excited the Second Gentleman was able to meet the young adults who dedicated their summer to improving public lands benefiting national park visitors and wildlife,” said ACE CEO and President Laura Herrin. “We enjoyed the opportunity to highlight the work of conservation corps and the role they play in building the next generation of land stewards.” 

This week marks the final week of a three-month term for the crew, which is comprised of members ranging in age 19-26. They have supported several projects including modifying the greater sage-grouse habitat to entice local grouse populations away from Jackson Hole Airport, which sits on land leased by Grand Teton National Park. Sage-grouse populations have continued to decline in recent decades (Source:  U.S. Dept. of Interior). The crew also focused on invasive plant management and native seed collection to boost the health of the native plant community, which is essential for the greater sage-grouse’s survival.

ACE recruits, trains, and deploys young adults ages 18-30 years old and veterans up to age 35 to explore and protect public lands while gaining practical professional experience. The organization operates projects across the US and several territories year-round. To learn more and get involved, visit


About the American Conservation Experience (ACE)

Founded in 2004, the American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains young adults and military veterans from all backgrounds to complete a range of restoration and historic preservation projects while building the next generation of land stewards. Participants gain professional skills and cultivate their conservation careers through ACE’s experienced staff and working alongside representatives from agencies such as the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and other conservation-focused groups. Currently ACE operates out of hubs in Flagstaff AZ, Sacramento and Ridgecrest, CA, Salt Lake City and Hurricane UT and Asheville, NC along with a robust remote workforce located across the country. To learn more, visit


Second Gentleman Meets ACE Crew

Photo Credit: Angus M. Thuermer Jr./WyoFile. Read his article here.

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