The Corps Network Praises White House for Nominating Michael Connor as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. Credit: BOR

For Immediate Release                                                                                            
August 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  The White House has announced the nomination of Michael Connor as the nominee for Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Connor currently serves as Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. 

Under the leadership of Mr. Connor, the Bureau of Reclamation launched a Youth Conservation Program, involving participants in cultural and natural resource conservation projects.  In 2010, The Corps Network partnered with the Bureau of Reclamation to accomplish a variety of maintenance and conservation projects on Bureau of Reclamation lands. Funded through American Recovery and Investment Act dollars, five Conservation Corps from across the nation participated at locations in Idaho, Colorado, California and Oklahoma. 

“Given his wealth of experience at the Bureau of Reclamation and his time with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Michael is an ideal choice to help lead the Department of Interior. Through our innovative partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation, Conservation Corps from across the country worked on projects involving the development on new recreation facilities in California, hazardous fuel reduction in Idaho, and invasive species removal and restoration of the Lower Colorado River Basin.  We urge the Senate to act quickly and confirm Michael Connor as Deputy Secretary,” said Mary Ellen Ardouny, President and CEO of The Corps Network, the national association of Service and Conservation Corps.   

“Mike Connor has been a champion for engaging young people as stewards of public lands and waters.  The Public Lands Service Coalition applauds his nomination and looks forward to working with Commissioner Connor in his new position,” explained Harry Bruell, CEO & President, Southwest Conservation Corps and Chair, Partnership for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps.

About The Corps Network

The Corps Network is the voice of the nation’s 127 Service and Conservation Corps. Currently operating in every state and the District of Columbia, Corps annually enroll more than 27,000 young men and women in service every year. Since its creation in 1985, The Corps Network has provided national leadership and promoted the growth and quality of its member Corps as they provide education, workforce development, and an ethic of stewardship to diverse youth who address important community and conservation needs. Corps mobilize an additional 289,000 community volunteers who work alongside Corpsmembers to generate 638,684 additional hours of service every year, at an estimated value of $14,140,463. For more information, visit corpsnetwork.org 

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