Wyden, Neguse, is pushing billions in funding for the Civilian Conservation Corps legislation of the 21st century

Rep. Joe Neguse of Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.

Last month, as we reported, President Joe Biden gave several federal departments, including the Departments of Home Affairs and Agriculture, 90 days to devise a plan for the formation of a Civilian Climate Corps – an echo of the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which is widely regarded as the New Deal’s most popular program. In the midst of the Great Depression, the CCC put 3 million young men to work between 1933 and 1942. Restoring a new CCC has been suggested for years, even during the Great Recession.

On Friday, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse revived the 2020 legislation, the one 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act with funding of $ 38.8 billion, of which $ 9 billion is used for men and women to build outdoor trails, combat invasive species, restore wetlands, and construction of parks and, like its predecessor decades ago, are supposed to hire and train. Planting trees.

Susan Jane M. Brown, attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center, said, “Reinvesting in America’s public land is a win for all of us who work and play in this land. This legislation will provide vital support to critical programs that are essential to the management of our national forests, parks, and other public areas. “

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