Legislation to enhance public service corps programs on federal recreational lands is now ready for Senate consideration. On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources officially reported the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013 (S. 360), which was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar.
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The bill would rename the Public Lands Corps as the Public Lands Service Corps. It would expand the corps' activities to allow work in areas controlled by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) such as national marine sanctuaries.
The bill would also raise the profile of the corps by requiring NOAA, the U.S. Forest Service and departments of Interior and Commerce to appoint a fulltime director to oversee corps activities.
The bill would also establish recruitment and residential training programs as well as management guidelines.
Corps members can help with management, conservation of cultural and natural resources and visitor services. The legislation would spell out the activities more clearly.
Similar legislation has been pending before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, & Forestry and the Committee on Education & the Workforce since March with no action. The legislation failed to clear the last Congress.
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