On May 11, 2020, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden introduced the “21st Century Conservation Corps for Our Health and Our Jobs Act” in Congress, a visionary slate of conservation investments to help restore our nation’s economy as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
This legislation is especially important for Oregon’s rural communities and economies suffering from the compound effects of the virus, ongoing drought, wildfire risk and the loss of revenues from outdoor recreation suspended under stay at home protocols.
Revolutionary new programs in this bill support long-term protection of wildlife, wildlands, and clean air and water across the country, including full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, establishment of a parks and public lands infrastructure maintenance program, and creation of a Civilian Conservation Corps.
Thoughtful, long-term conservation investments like these, as well as those included in Senator Wyden’s Malheur Community Empowerment for the Owyhee Act, will benefit rural people and landscapes for generations to come.
Please join Oregon Natural Desert Association in thanking Senator Wyden for his leadership and for championing natural resource conservation, our public lands, waters and wildlife, and rural communities in his economic stimulus legislation in Congress.