21st Century Conservation Service Corps
The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) is a bold national effort to put young Americans and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors. The 21CSC, built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, will complete high quality, cost effective projects on public and tribal lands and waters across the nation.
A National Initiative
President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative on April 16, 2010 to develop a 21st century conservation and recreation agenda. After 51 listening sessions and over 105,000 comments, the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture, CEQ Chair and EPA Administrator delivered the AGO Report to the President on February 7, 2011. The Report’s first recommendation is to “catalyze the establishment of a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) to engage young Americans in public lands and water restoration.
In February of 2012 a Federal Advisory Committee was established to provide recommendations to the Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture on how to plan and implement a 21CSC. Representatives from The Corps Network, several of our members, and many of our partners were part of the Committee. Their full report and recommendations can be accessed here, but the basic goals of the initiative are listed below.
For More Information
To learn more about the 21CSC, please email Joe Gersen, Director of Government Relations, Public Lands Service Coalition.