WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new plan to revive and modernize the Civilian Conservation Corps from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representative Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) would help confront the COVID-19 unemployment crisis and put thousands of Americans back to work conserving and restoring the nation’s natural resources.
“A 21st century Civilian Conservation Corps is the closest we have to a silver bullet to put Americans back to work, restore degraded public lands and wildlife habitat, strengthen community resilience, and help address the deep racial inequities exacerbated by the pandemic and economic crisis,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “Senator Wyden and Representative Neguse’s proposal is the exact type of common-sense approach that achieves these outcomes. We look forward to working with our champions, Senator Wyden and Representative Neguse, and their colleagues to turn this transformational idea into a bill on President Biden’s desk.”
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