JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – After US Congressman Joe Neguse proposed a 21st century Civilian Conservation Corps, he received a history lesson in Red Rocks Park on Monday.
“The Civilian Conservation Corp was instrumental in building this masterpiece. I think a lot of people are unaware of the deep story, ”said Neguse.
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The remains of the original Conservation Corp Camp have been restored by Denver Mountain Parks, where the property is located. Neguse toured the site with some top Denver city government officials.
Neguse has proposed a new version of the corps designed to help create job creation while improving the health and conservation of forests on public land.
“It worked before and it can work again,” said Neguse. “It will be a long time before some of these projects are funded. Employing a whole new generation of people for work in our public areas affects the high unemployment in our communities, but it also affects the unmet needs in our public areas and in public places. “
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Neguse says the pandemic only emphasized why a new corps is needed.
“It’s very labor intensive, but there is such a desperate need,” he said. “There are projects all over the country, maybe not as beautiful as Red Rocks, but maybe just as important.”
A federal spending of ten billion dollars has been proposed for a modern corps. Neguse says he hopes to hold an on-site hearing at the CCC campground in Red Rocks to show other lawmakers how the previous version helped build vital infrastructure in the 1930s and can be done again.
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“This is a top priority and we intend to fight as hard as possible to make it happen,” he said.