Civilian Conservation Corps 2.0

By: Saturday July 7, 2012 9:00 am

Over the Fourth of July holiday week, millions of people visited one of the hundreds of state and national parks that dot our land. A number of parks have a certain statue honoring the millions of Civilian Conservation Corps workers who made these parks the gems that they are. The CCC gave its workers employment and dignity in a time of economic depression, and it gave the nation a legacy of trails, roads, campgrounds, buildings, and more, so that future generations might be able to enjoy the richness of this land.

We invested in people and parks two generations ago, and we’ve been reaping the benefits ever since. In this current economic depression — worse than any other downturn since the Great Depression — when our parks are in serious need of maintenance and improvements, maybe it’s time to invest in the future once again and bring the CCC back once more.

 

State Parks Crumbling Amid Recession

By: Saturday January 1, 2011 7:00 pm

There’s no way to cut budgets to the degree needed, because of plummeting revenue during the Great Recession, without throwing state services into decay. Not only does this end up reducing jobs, as the maintenance workers get laid off, but it degrades the quality of state parks, which people adore and find crucial to their quality of life.

Holiday Signs of the Times in State and National Parks

By: Saturday September 4, 2010 9:00 am

The stimulus package passed earlier this year provided $750 million for the National Park Service to address infrastructure and deferred maintenance. That’s a pittance, compared with the need — and the state parks are in even worse shape because of state budgets.

Closing parks, even sporadically, hits the local economies of the neighboring areas hard. On the other hand, spending money to revitalize the parks brings back jobs in large numbers. Hopefully some of the dusty heads in DC will get a clue.

Meanwhile, enjoy the parks this weekend. If you can.

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