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The Association of Con-servation Engineers (ACE) is an international professional organization of engineers and others in related disciplines who work with the natural environment and promote the application of sound engineering practices in the field of natural resource protection and recreation development.
Founded on March 6, 1961, in Washington, D.C., the organ-ization's objective is to bring to-gether the knowledge and exper-ience of engineers and other per-sonnel employed by conservation and recreation agencies and con-sultants who have a community of specialized interests in the areas of fish, wildlife, parks, forests and related conservation and recreation fields.
What is Conservation Engineering? Conservation engineering involves the creation of outdoor recreation facilities that everyone can use and enjoy safely. More importantly, conservation engineering ensures that these facilities blend into the surrounding environment as much as possible in order to enhance the areas' natural resources. It's a field that requires expertise in many engineering disciplines, such as construction, structural, hydraulic and sanitary, to name a few.
Along with this engineering versatility, conservation engineers must have an understanding of the biological and environmental functions of the project on which they are working. They must be able to transform the biological requirements of fish production or wildlife management into an operating facility; protect and rebuild the past as part of rehabilitating historic structures; and apply creative thinking and innovative design solutions to construct recreation facilities in environmentally sensitive areas.