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Re: “We need a new Civilian Conservation Corps

Dear Gundars,

As CEO for the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC - founded in 1991), I have some good news for you. President Obama did follow-through on the idea of building on FDR's CCC. In his 2011 report for America's Great Outdoors, the #1 recommendation was to "Catalyze the establishment of a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps." This was a vision to engage up to 100,000 young people and veterans a year to improve our public lands. Since then, all the major Dept. of Interior and Dept. of Agriculture agencies, as well as others like Dept. of Labor, NOAA, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, have been working closely in collaboration with a strong community of 120+ existing conservation corps programs and other nonprofit and state organizations to advance the Partnership for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (P-21CSC). Across the country, tens of thousands of youth and veterans are serving with local conservation corps and working on public lands to address the severe backlogged maintenance issues you accurately described. While improving our lands, these youth are connecting with the outdoors, gaining job skills, and preparing a new and highly diverse cadre of next generation stewards to care for our public lands legacy

Right here in Montana, just this year, MCC has improved over 800 miles of recreational trails - some as close to home as in your backyard Rattlesnake Wilderness, and some further afield in places like the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. MCC AmeriCorps crew members have improved over 6000 acres, working tirelessly to combat the spread of invasive weeds and reduce wildfire risks, and restore critical habitat, like the Cottonwood galleries in the Missouri River Breaks. Corps members serving in our Big Sky Watershed Corps program, a partnership with the MT Watershed Coordination Council and Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana, are helping restore our waterways through restoration, research, and education activities. All this is happening because our great partners at the Forest Service, Park Service, BLM, BOR, FWS, NRCS, and state agencies like FWP, State Parks, DNRC, and so many other nonprofit partners like MWA, local land trusts, and community action agencies here in Montana and across the country, acknowledge the value of engaging young people as the next generation of stewards for these lands.

So, thanks for advocating for a new CCC. It's happening. You're advice was heard and incorporated in a 21st Century vision for the CCC - one that happens through local partnerships, that leverage the expertise of land managers to manage land, and the expertise of conservation corps programs to develop youth and veterans, and thus ensuring local stewardship and the efficiencies garnered through partnerships versus the creation of a new federal program. Let's hope a President Clinton or a President Trump get behind that - effective government with local engagement with greater efficiency.

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Posted by Jono McKinney on 10/27/2016 at 5:30 PM

Re: “A fine line

Edited and corrected my typos fin my earlier post :

Excellent, very thoughtful essay Dan. It should be read and meditated upon by EVERYONE in the community, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or anything else that some want to divide and identify us by. We're all humans, and that's all that really matters. We should honor and respect that, in all it's diversity.

Hope I got it all right this time !

Posted by alf on 10/27/2016 at 4:59 PM

Re: “A fine line

Excellent, very thoughtful essay Dan. It should be read by, and meditated upon, by EVERYONE in the community, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or anything else that some what to divide and identify us by. We're all humans, and that's all that really matters. We should honor and respect that, in all it's diversity

Posted by alf on 10/27/2016 at 4:55 PM

Re: “No connection

keep government out of it... what the government giveth, the government can taketh away.....unless you pay more and more and more

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Posted by paul on 10/27/2016 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Pet Nebula

There are several independent pet food stores in town, one of them being The Holistic Houndry on S 3rd St W near the GFS.

Posted by Elizabeth Ann Straub on 10/27/2016 at 2:00 PM

Re: “A fine line

I think the point of this article is that Dan Brooks knew what "cultural appropriation" meant before you did.

Posted by cloud_cult on 10/27/2016 at 11:50 AM

Re: “No connection

I seem to remember Caitlin Copple talking about this issue. I don't see Charter caring - they actually are giving $100 to $170 to many of our Montana House and Senate candidates. I have a feeling we'll see business as usual with them.

So that means we do need government to step up. Business is buying up votes so they can continue to do nothing.

And that hot HD 96 race? Yep, Andrew Person took $100 from Charter.

Also taking money from Charter this election are Democrat Zac Perry for HD 3, Republican Steve Gibson for HD 84, Republican Nancy Ballance of HD 87, and Democrat Bryce Bennett of HD 91.

None of those people care about your internet speed.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/27/2016 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Etc.

I have a feeling in 2018 Democrats will tell their $14 an hour canvassers not to collect ballots.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/27/2016 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Razor thin

Andrew Person has raised $18,000 for this race, Adam Hertz $22,000.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/27/2016 at 8:47 AM

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