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Conservation Corps: Creating a Pathway to a Career in Natural Resources Public Deposited

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  • Founded in 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps served as a tool for exposing young adults to work in the environmental field. By creating opportunities during the Great Depression, this program not only generated short-term work experience for its members but provided educational resources to its participants, increasing their employability after completing their service. Today, the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps continues with programs throughout the country, many of which focus on not only providing young adults with work experience, but also breaking down the social barriers which have led to an underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in the Natural Resource Field (NRF). This paper will examine the racial gap within the NRF by looking at the historic practices of exclusion along with the current representation of ethnic minorities in the NRF. Additionally, conservation corps programs that have focused on increasing diversity, promoting equity and creating a culture of inclusion will be highlighted. Finally, recommendations for bridging the gaps identified will be discussed.
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