The Corps Network Applauds House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands for Holding Hearing on 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) Act and Public Lands Service Corps (PLSC) Act
Submitted by Hannah Traverse on Fri, 06/24/2016 - 15:38
Testimony and comments provided by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) as well as Mary Ellen Sprenkel, CEO of The Corps Network and Kevin Heiner, Four Corners Regional Director for Southwest Conservation Corps.
President Obama Releases Proclamation in Celebration of Great Outdoors Month and the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps
Submitted by Hannah Traverse on Wed, 06/01/2016 - 16:59
President Obama Proclaims June 2016 “Great Outdoors Month”
WASHINGTON, DC – The Corps Network supports President Barack Obama's issuance of a presidential proclamation officially marking June 2016 as Great Outdoors Month.
Senators McCain and Bennet Introduce 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act
Submitted by Levi Novey on Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:22
The North Face and My Morning Jacket Collaborate in Support of 21st Century Conservation Service Corps
Submitted by Levi Novey on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:11
Announcement of Grants Caps Big Week for 21st Century Conservation Service Corps
Submitted by Levi Novey on Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:29
This week was a notable one in the continuing cultivation of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Initiative (21CSC). On Monday, The Partnership for the 21CSC hosted it's 4th meeting at the Department of Agriculture's Washington D.C. Headquarters.
On Wednesday, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell with Coca Cola North America President Sandy Douglas announced new 21CSC grants at an event on the Los Angeles River with several Corps in attendance. Keep reading below for more detail on what it means.
4th Partnership for 21CSC Meeting Focuses on Collaboration, Funding, and Celebrating Successes
Representatives from numerous federal agencies, partnering organizations, and 21CSC program operators met in Washington to discuss how to continue making the 21CSC a successful initiative. Most discussions were held in small groups, and focused on key themes including
how to find solutions to challenges and barriers that exist in inter-agency collaboration and internal communications
how to collect data that is consistent and meaningful across agencies and partners, as well as implement standards across 21CSC program operators to ensure high-quality programs and projects
how to identify and put sources of long-term federal funding in place for the 21CSC
challenges and opportunities for securing private funding to support the initiative, and how to negotiate meaningful public-private partnerships that are beneficial to all parties
federal legislation that would ensure 21CSC has staying power across political administrations
A public afternoon presentation celebrated the successes of the 21CSC to date, and featured speakers from numerous agencies and partners. The next Partnership for 21CSC meeting will be held during The Corps Network's 2015 National Conference, which will take place from February 8-11 in Washington, D.C.
New 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Grants Support 23 Projects in Collaboration with Six Department of Interior Agencies
On Wednesday, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced new Department of Interior 21CSC grants that were made possible by combining $530,823 private funds with matching funds to create project funds totaling $740,000. According to the Department of Interior, "The projects will employ approximately 160 youth and up to 10 veterans in conservation work benefiting our public lands. These projects will engage approximately 300 volunteers within the local communities and conduct restoration activities on over 200 miles of public land."
The agencies that will partner with 21CSC organizations include the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geological Survey.
Of the 23 projects, 19 are going to be completed by members or affiliates of The Corps Network. Many of the projects focus on traditional Corps work such as improving trails, restoring habitat, and environmental education. Some unique project highlights include
- Conservation Legacy employing two AmeriCorps Environmental Steward program members in South Florida's Everglades ecosystems to work with U.S. Geological Survey biologists to help research and control expanding populations of invasive reptile species.
- Nevada Conservation Corps working with the Bureau of Land Management with six AmeriCorps members to clean-up and reduce the impacts of a recreational shooting range within the Coyote Springs Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
- Utah Conservation Corps employing four Corpsmembers to work with the Bureau of Land Management to build a short trail around the Mill Canyon dinosaur track site to enable more visitors to see the dinosaur tracks while maintaining the site in good condition.
- Arizona and Utah Conservation Corps employing two four-person crews to construct and install several micro-irrigation systems in the northern Navajo Nation that can help encourage gardening, an activity that has obtained renewed interest recently among local communities.
For more information on the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps initiative, please visit www.21csc.org
Wilderness Society Launches 50 Conservation Projects to Honor 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at June 24 Event
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 14:28
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Partnership for 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Announces "100 Projects to Restore America"
Submitted by Levi Novey on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 22:26
16 Members and Affiliates of The Corps Network Awarded 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Project Grants
Submitted by Levi Novey on Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:52
Southwest Conservation Corps works on improving a trail. Among several projects, they were awarded a grant to partner with the Bureau of Reclamation and National Park Service to make improvements to the Historic Railroad Trail at Hoover Dam.
For Immediate Release
May 22, 2014
Request for Proposals: Urban to Rural Experience Trip Videographer
Submitted by Levi Novey on Tue, 04/01/2014 - 16:13
Download Full Request for Proposals and Application Guidelines Here
Since Sally Jewell was sworn in as Secretary of the Interior, she has placed a high priority on getting more youth outdoors. Her passion for this issue is driven by a number of factors, including the public health and educational benefits, as well as the importance of engaging younger generations in fields related to land management and conservation. In 2012, 38% of Interior Department staff were eligible for retirement and Jewell believes it is vital to invest in our youth now to engage the next generation of public lands stewards. One of Jewell’s main proposals to tackle this challenge has been the engagement of youth conservation corps across the country, committing to raising $20 million in private funds to aide in the expansion of the corps.
The Corps Network, the national association of Service and Conservation Corps, seeks to tap Secretary Jewell’s passion for youth to highlight the importance of vital conservation policies – the Antiquities Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. By bringing youth from an urban area to the backcountry of a proposed or designated national monument, this project will show the value these lands have to current and future generations and the importance of the Secretary’s leadership for conserving them.
The Corps Network (TCN) seeks a videographer to accompany two TCN staff members to Idaho to document an “Urban to Rural Experience Trip” in which young people (ranging in age from 16 – 25) from an urban conservation corps will travel to and camp at Boulder White Clouds National Monument.
Using footage from this trip, the videographer will create a 5-minute promotional video to highlight the important environmental conservation work that Corps complete nationwide.
Download Full Request for Proposals and Application Guidelines Here
The Corps Network seeks a videographer for an urban-to-rural conservation corps trip that will culminate in the production of a 5-minute promotional video to highlight the important environmental conservation work that Corps complete nationwide.