A CCC-like programs for our Parks?



In an effort to cut the unemployment rate among veterans, President Barack Obama is calling for a new conservation program that would put veterans to work rebuilding trails, roads and levees on public lands.

It may be a way to cut down on unemployment but it’s also a way of upgrading trails and facilities in our National Parks.

 

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the Civilian Conservation Corps that operated during the 1930s could be viewed as a model for what the administration will try to accomplish through its “Veterans Jobs Corps.” He said that the administration will propose spending $1 billion over five years that would be used to put an estimated 20,000 veterans to work restoring habitat and eradicating invasive species, among other activities.

The media is discussing the political implications of this jobs program but I see it as a potential win-win for our public lands as well.

 

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