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President - Dale Gunter, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Arkansas
President Elect – Holy Bentz, Forest Service, Oregon
Secretary – Natalie Little, Forest Service, Utah
Treasurer – Howard Thomas, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri
At-Large Member – David Bumann, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming and Matt Cochran, HDR, Inc., Illinois
Past President – Joel Krause, Forest Service, Montana and Breagan Eicher, Lawson-Fisher Associates P.C., Indiana



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".


2016 Committee Members


Executive Committee
Dale Gunter, AR - President
Holly Bentz, OR - President-Elect
Natalie Little, UT - Secretary
Howard Thomas, MO - Treasurer
Joel Krause, MT - Past President
Breagan Eicher, IN - Past President
David Bumann, WY - At-Large Member
Matt Cochran, IL - At-Large Member

Bylaws Committee
Linc Cochran, IL – Chair
Greg Mihalevick, MO
Dave Bumann, WY
Norval Olson, CO

Awards Committee
Breagan Eicher, IN – Chair
Karen Valiquett, IN
Josh Morgan, KY
Alice Anderson
Randy Knott, GA

History Committee
Tom Hohman, IN– Chair
Norval Olson, CO
Linc Cochran, IL
Gary Wilken, IL
Terry Boyd, AL



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Publications/Newsletter Committee
Norval Olson, CO - Chair
Colter Pence, MT
Bo Vandergriff, OK
Dale Gunter, AR

Operations Manual
Randy Knott, GA – Chair
Tom Hohman, IN
Breagan Eicher, IN
Dale Parsons, MO

Nominating Committee
Norval Olson, CO - Chair
Gary Wilken, IL
Breagan, Eicher, IN

Time and Place Committee
Tyrone Kelley, CA – Chair
Dale Gunter, AR
Holly Bentz, OR
Dave Bumann, WY

Spouse Advisory
Jean Olson, Co – Chair
Abby Eicher, IN


Membership Committee
Gary Wilken, IL – Chair
Jeff Leftwich, MO
Matt Cochran, IL
Nattalie Little, UT
Chitra Poudel, MO

Program Committee
Tyrone Kelley, CA - Chair
Holly Bentz, OR
Dale Gunter, AR

Past Presidents Committee
Joel Krause, MT – Chair
Breagan Eicher, IN
Dave Bumann, WY

Scholarship Committee
Champak Patel, IN – Chair
Joel Krause, MT
Erika Davis, AL
Terra McParland, IL

Special Communications/Social Media:
Norval Olson, CO - Chair
Matt Cochran, IL
Darin Martens, WY