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President - Keith Parker, Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife, Kentucky
President Elect – Breagan Eicher, Lawson-Fisher Associates P.C., Indiana
Secretary – Dale Gunter, Arkansas Game and Fish Commisssion, Arkansa
Treasurer – Howard Thomas, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri
At-Large Member – Terra McParland, HDR Engineering, Inc., Illinois
At-Large Member – Eric Brooker, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky
Past President – David Bumann, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming



Mission Statement

We are the Association of Conservation Engineers, an international organization founded March 6, 1961in Washington, D.C.

As conservation engineers and technicians we are part of the team working to conserve and improve our natural heritage.

Our objective in organizing was to bring together engineers and allied personnel employed by conservation and recreation agencies and consultants who have a community of specialized interests in the area of fish, wildlife, parks, forests and related conservation - recreation fields.

We are proud of our founders who were pioneers in the field with sound solutions to many of the problems of our environment and the ecology before these problems became the widely admitted and popular concern of today.

Our members freely share their experience and information pertaining to conservation engineering to make our natural resources more accessible and enjoyable to everyone.

Contrary to popular belief about engineers, the conservation engineer doesn't subscribe to the concept of the world as "a perfect sphere covered with concrete".


Committee Members


Executive Committee
Keith Parker, KY - President
Breagan Eicher, IN - President-Elect
David Bumann, WY - Past President
Randy Knott, GA - Past President
Dale Gunter, AR - Secretary
Howard Thomas, MO - Treasurer
Terra McPharland, IL - At-Large Member
Eric Brooker, KY - At-Large Member

Operations Manual
David Bumann, WY – Chair
Kathy Dillmon, WY
Jeff Moody, IN

Bylaws Committee
Greg Mihalevich, MO – Chair
John Hagman, WI - Chair
Gerald Dorscheid, WI

Scholarship Committee
Steve Atkinson, MO – Chair
Champak Patel, IN
Deb Ohlinger, CO

History Committee
Terry Boyd, AL – Chair
Ed Donahue, WA
Gerald Dorscheid, WI


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Awards Committee
Erick Booker, KY – Chair
Holly Bentz, OR
John Leszczynski, IN
Alice Anderson, TX

Publications/Newsletter Committee
Lynda Cliburn, IL– Editor - Chair
Gary Wilken, IL
Sue Peterson, IN
Dale Brockamp, IL

Spouse Advisory
Jean Olson, Co – Chair
Anita O'Keefe, WI
Alice Anderson, TX

Special Action Committee

Program Committee
Norval Olson - Chair
Veronica Mithcell, CO

Membership Committee
Breagon Eicher, IN – Chair
Tom Hohman, IN
Howard Thomas, MO
Randy Knott, GA
Kathy Dillmon, WY
Veronica Mitchell, CO

Past Presidents Committee
David Freedman, GA – Chair
John Hagman, WI - Co Chair
Tom Hohman, IN

2013 Special CommitteeTime and Place (Conference)
Holly Benz, OR – Co Chair
Ed Donahue, WA - Co Chair
Bob Roads, IL
David Bumann, WY

2013 Special Committee Nominating(Conference)
Gary Wilken, IL - Chair
Ed Donahue, WA
John Hagman, WI