Recreation Not Red Tape Act passes House Committee on Natural Resources with 21CSC Act Included

Legislation encourages development of new recreation areas, as well as increased engagement of veterans in Corps and outdoor recreation through 21CSC Act

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Sen. Lamar Alexander visit Conservation Corps Crew serving in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

On 101st birthday of the National Park Service, Secretary Zinke and Sen. Alexander visit AmeriCorps members with American Conservation Experience (ACE)

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

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

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.

The 21CSC Act


Senators McCain and Bennet Introduce 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act

The North Face and My Morning Jacket Collaborate in Support of 21st Century Conservation Service Corps

Earlier this week, The North Face and the Department of Interior announced a partnership in support of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. 

According to the DOI press release, "The North Face committed $250,000 and also launched a campaign today as a key component of the initiative featuring a new recording of Woody Guthrie’s iconic anthem “This Land is Your Land” by two-time Grammy nominee My Morning Jacket. The song will be available on iTuneswith more than half of each download going to the 21CSC as My Morning Jacket donates their portion of proceeds to the initiative. Monies raised will create jobs for youth and returning veterans through 21CSC projects on public lands across the nation – from Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California to Everglades National Park in Florida.

We think this is very exciting and are also pleased to see all of the attention it has been getting from publications that run the gambit. Here's a run-down of stories from well-known publications so far:

Telling Urbanites to Flee the Cities (The New York Times)

My Morning Jacket covers Woody Guthrie in epic new commercial (USA Today)

My Morning Jacket Records Woody Guthrie Classic For North Face Campaign To Benefit Public Lands (Fast Company)

The North Face and Dept. of Interior Partner to Protect Public Lands (Triple Pundit)

My Morning Jacket's Jim James on 'Magic' of 'This Land Is Your Land' (Rolling Stone)

[Video] U.S. Secretary Of The Interior Sally Jewell (Huffington Post Live)

The advertisement below will debut on Sunday Night Football on November 9th. At the very end you can see the 21CSC logo for a split-second. 

We wish to thank the Department of Interior, The North Face, and My Morning Jacket for their support of getting more young people and veterans out working on America's public lands through the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps!

Announcement of Grants Caps Big Week for 21st Century Conservation Service Corps

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

Wilderness Society Launches 50 Conservation Projects to Honor 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at June 24 Event


Partnership for 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Announces "100 Projects to Restore America"