In recent years corps programs have engaged in collaborative efforts to restore riparian habitat and health of watersheds in the Colorado River Basin. Partnering with corps programs achieves conservation goals while fostering increased community capacity and awareness in local young adults and veterans. Corps members recieve job training, skills, AmeriCorps education awards and restoration education through project work and experience in the outdoors. As the momentum of corps and partnerships has increased, the infrastructure and lessons learned for accomplishing watershed restoration activities have been compiled.
This website serves the dual purposes of outreaching many corps programs and partnerships while providing resources for training, project work, partnership participation and opportunities.
Supporting the corps movement to restore U.S. rivers through collaboration and community engagement.
What is a Conservation or Youth Corps Program?
Based upon Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps-developed during the Great Depression of the 1930’s- modern day conservation and youth corps carry on a national legacy of job creation and investment in natural resources. Although the CCC disbanded in 1942, the torch continues to be carried by 151 corps programs operating in 50 states supported by the Corps Network and the Public Lands Service Coalition, which advocate for corps programs at the national level. Today, a typical corps program engages youth and young adults ages 14-26 in conservation projects such as recreation management, trail work, fire-fighting, mitigation, invasive species control, and more. These projects take place on public lands in partnership with organizations such as the BLM, NPS, USFS, State Parks and more. Many corps programs today are non-profits, county, or university programs with missions surrounding individual empowerment though hands-on service, education and conservation. In the recent economic climate, current corps programs have become as important as the CCC was in economic revival through job creation and training for over 30,000 youth and young adults across the country.