VIDEO: Haaland Looks to Sustainable Job Creation in Restoration Economy to Bounce Back from Pandemic, Includes Restoration Funding in Appropriations
Albuquerque, N.M. – This week, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01), Chair of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, chaired a forum focused on sustainable job creation to bounce back from the pandemic. Haaland, who is vice chair of the full House Natural Resources Committee, led a discussion on policies to create new conservation-oriented jobs around the country. During the hearing, Haaland focused on the job training potential for young people in rural communities in New Mexico and across the country. The most recent estimates show that there is $123 million in total deferred maintenance at the 15 National Park Service sites in New Mexico.
In addition to private sector initiatives, restoration-oriented measures will likely include additional support for existing programs and partnerships like local and regional corps networks and federal restoration grants, as well as full funding for and an expansion of public programs like the Indian Youth Service Corps, which was authorized in the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act of 2019 but has yet to be formally organized by the administration. Haaland requested funding for this program in the Fiscal Year 2021 Interior and Environment Appropriations Act, and the bill that passed the House Appropriations Committee Friday afternoon includes $500,000 to start the program.