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A comeback for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Michigan?

Civilian Conservation Corps camps of Michigan. From top to bottom: Camp Newberry in Luce County, Michigan; Camp Newberry with more permanent buildings; Camp Au Sale in Grayling, Michigan.
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Michigan’s Civilian Conservation Corps could make a comeback under new legislation in the state Senate.

The MCCC puts unemployed young adults to work on conservation projects on state land.

After years struggling to survive on dwindling support from the state, some lawmakers say it’s time to revive the program as a public-private partnership.

Republican Senator Phil Pavlov says it’s all about getting young people into the workforce.

"We want to be able to develop programs that, even on the graduate level, where some of the more better-trained college kids have an opportunity to get on a career path whether that is in remediation or more sophisticated forms of conservation," says Pavlov.

Pavlov says the plan would not include any taxpayer dollars.