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January 12, 2016   |   Michael Bennet and John Bridgeland

Why we need a 21st century conservation corps


Providing opportunities for our kids, supporting our veterans, and conserving our public lands and resources are among the nation's most pressing challenges.

On the surface, they may seem like a disconnected set of issues. But together with Sen. John McCain, Gen. Stanley McChrystal and The Corps Network, we've broken through the silos and developed a bipartisan plan that addresses them all at once: the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act, which Sens. Michael Bennet and John McCain introduced recently in the Senate.

The 21CSC is already engaging young people and recent veterans in every state through paid national service. Corps members are repairing and expanding America's public recreation infrastructure, protecting communities from wildfire, and conserving invaluable natural resources. Our bill would enhance the program and make it permanent.

The effort addresses a triple threat.

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