"The economic impacts of the COVID-19 emergency has hit rural communities with a wrecking ball. Struggling recreation economies coupled with the unique challenges of this year's wildfire season demand a comprehensive and creative approach. That's why I introduced my bill,"
"We've worked to make sure everyone has access to our National Parks and public lands, no matter where they live or how much they make. However, the pandemic has impacted wildfire preparedness and
"As someone who grew up on the
The impacts of COVID-19 on public health and the economy, combined with high levels of drought throughout the West, create unprecedented wildland firefighting challenges in 2020. Those at increased risk for adverse health effects due to wildfire smoke exposure - people who suffer from heart or respiratory diseases - are also particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. The crisis also quickly brought the outdoor economy to a halt. Many forest workers, despite their essential work, were laid off and others, like outfitters and guides who rely on tourism and outdoor recreation, are unable to work during their busy season.
Neguse's 21st Century Conservation Corps for Our Health and Our
* Establishes a
* Establishes a
* Increases access to public lands through expanding and investing in programs like Every Kid Outdoors and the
* Provides temporary fee waivers for ski areas and public land use permit holders to aid in economic recovery.
A one-page summary of the bill is available here https://neguse.house.gov/download/21st-century-conservation-corps-for-our-health-and-jobs-act_-one-pager.
A section-by-section summary of the bill is available here https://neguse.house.gov/download/21st-century-conservation-corps-for-our-health-and-jobs-act_-section-by-section.
Original cosponsors of the legislation include
Support for 21st Century Conservation Corps for Our Health and Our Jobs Act:
Brent Tregaski, General Manager of