Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently signed an order establishing an Office of Youth in Natural Resources at the Department of the Interior. The Office is intended to support administration efforts to help develop career paths in natural resources for young people, “especially women and minorities who are under-represented in the sciences,” as noted by one official. The signature program for the new Office will be the 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps, which will be modeled after Roosevelt’s Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps. The aim of this new initiative is to involve young people in conservation projects and provide training for a new cadre of park managers and conservation professionals.


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