Biden’s new conservation corps stirs hopes of nature-focused hiring spree

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A 1930s initiative that tackled environmental woes and unemployment could inspire the new administration’s plans to confront the climate crisis

Nearly a century ago, the US faced unemployment at 25% and environmental woes such as flooding along major rivers and extensive deforestation. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt decided to tackle these emergencies simultaneously by creating the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as part of his New Deal.

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