LANSING, Mich.— Legislation designed to revive and modernize the historic Civilian Conservation Corps has been signed into law by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, said Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville.
The bipartisan package of bills, including one sponsored by Green, places new emphasis on public-private partnerships and the involvement of young people in the historic national program that dates back to 1933. The package was passed with overwhelming support in both chambers by a vote of 109-0 in the House and 36-1 in the Senate.
“These bills will provide new opportunities for the young people of our state,” said Green. “Retaining our young talent is key to reinventing Michigan. We are giving the next generation a chance to learn in Michigan forests, work on Michigan trails and build a better Michigan for all of us.”
The new measure reshapes the Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps (MCCC) to be operated in partnership with universities, private companies, and nonprofit organizations while maintaining its traditional roots of field-based training, conservation and restoration work. It will broaden the span of work and training programs available to participants and expand the scope of participants to Michigan youth aged 17-27.
The goals of the new MCCC are retention of Michigan’s youth, strengthening stewardship of the state’s natural resources, enhancing education and employment opportunities and improved labor resources for state agencies and other conservation organizations.
The new legislation has seen support from the Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Recreation and Park Association, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, and others.
Other bill sponsors in the package are Sens. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township; Goeff Hansen, R-Hart; and Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor.