Kaptur Introduces Legislation to Reestablish Civilian Conservation Corps

April 25, 2019
Press Release
Legislation will reestablish the historic CCC, reduce unemployment, protect America’s natural resources, and combat the effects of climate change

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced the 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act of 2019, legislation to reestablish and build upon the historic achievements of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).


“The magnitude of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the incredible work it accomplished is hard to overstate,” said Rep. Kaptur. “At the height of the Great Depression, the CCC successfully lifted millions of Americans out of poverty while constructing hundreds of national, state, and local parks – parks that countless Americans enjoy to this day. The 21st Century CCC will emulate the success of the original program, while taking steps to address the unique and important issues we face today, including the effects of climate change.” 


“Members of the 21st Century CCC will engage in the prevention of forest fires, floods and soil erosion; reforestation and eradication of invasive species and flora disease control; and modernize, redesign, and construct trails and facilities throughout our nation’s natural spaces. This is a commonsense proposal that will not only improve the lives of Ohioans, but also countless communities across the country. I urge its swift passage in the House.”


The 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act would authorize the President of the United States to establish a Civilian Conservation Corps to employ previously unemployed or underemployed U.S. citizens in the construction and maintenance of projects in connection with:

  • Reforestation of lands
  • Prevention of forest fires, floods, and erosion
  • Plant and pest disease control
  • Construction, maintenance, and repair of paths, trails, and fire-lanes in lands within the Secretary of Interior’s jurisdiction and the National Forest System
  • Other work on Federal or State land in connection with enumerated projects that the President determines desirable


The original Civilian Conservation Corps, which operated from 1933 to 1942, was responsible for planting nearly 3 billion trees, constructing over 800 parks, and building countless miles of public roadways in remote areas. The Corps boosted the economy, provided work for 3 million unemployed Americans, and increased Americans' awareness of our nation’s environmental treasures.


Original Cosponsors:

  • Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13)
  • Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2)
  • Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-At-Large)
  • Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-4)
  • Rep. Tony Cardenas (CA-29)
  • Rep. Donald Payne (NJ-10)
  • Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9)


Bill text for the legislation can be found here