New Green Investments Report Highlights Sequestration Impacts on Service and Conservation Corps

Northwest Youth Corps working on a coastal project.

Service and Conservation Corps were highlighted in a new "Green Investments" report that was assembled by a number of environmental groups including the National Parks Conservation Association, Defenders of Wildlife, the Wilderness Society, Trust for Public Land, the Nature Conservancy, American Forests and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Using The Corps Network's "Impact of Sequestration" research and report, the Green Investments report indicated how less work would occur on federal lands including national parks and national forests because of cuts to federal funding.

Phil Taylor of E&E News Service wrote that

The report praises Congress for agreeing last year to undo sequester cuts for fiscal 2014 and 2015 but warns that the sequester will resume from 2016 to 2021 unless Congress acts.

And while top-level discretionary funding for 2015 is a "vast improvement" over sequestered levels, appropriators still must allocate a sufficient amount to the subcommittees that fund Interior, EPA, the Forest Service, the Energy Department, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the State Department, the report said.

"From the damaging sequester to the 16-day closure of national parks, other federal lands and environmental agencies, the last year added insult to injury for the places and programs that are popular with Americans and important for the economy," said John Garder, director of budgets and appropriation for the National Parks Conservation Association, who edited the report.

The full report will be sent to the White House and can be accessed here.