Thousands of young people participate in conservation-focused national service programs every year. These programs, and the young people who serve in them, can offer guidance for the Biden Administration’s Civilian Climate Corps.

Top, left to right: Onondaga Earth Corps (based in NY); Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa (MN); Nevada Conservation Corps (NV); Mile High Youth Corps (CO). Bottom, left to right: Fresno Local Conservation Corps (CA); Los Angeles Conservation Corps (CA); Montana Conservation Corps (MT): X-cel Conservation Corps (MA).

Left: Civilian Conservation Corps member [National Archives]. Right: a member with EarthCorps, a program based in Seattle, WA.

Here’s one way to scale-up a modern Civilian Conservation Corps.

Mary Ellen Sprenkel

Mary Ellen Sprenkel is the President & CEO of The Corps Network, the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps.

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