12.12.13

Thank you RBC Capital Markets, Denver Business Leaders and Partners

The Conservation Lands Foundation extends a big thank you to executives from RBC Capital Markets, Kutak Rock LLP, Peck Shaffer, Suncor Energy and JPMorgan Chase who attended our breakfast last week in Denver, sponsored by RBC and co-hosted by the Conservation Lands Foundation and Colorado Youth Corps Association. We look forward to working with these companies to engage more young people and post-9/11 veterans to improve our spectacular National Conservation Lands.

Last spring, RBC made a $10,000 grant to the Conservation Lands Foundation through its Blue Water Project. This grant employed a Colorado conservation youth corps—made up of eight hard-working young people ages 18-24—to do restoration work on a popular stretch of the Colorado River in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. RBC co-hosted the breakfast in Denver to invite more members of the business community to learn about and participate in similar projects.

Here’s how it works

  • Post-9/11 veterans and young people are eager to work as part of Conservation Corps to build trails, improve wildlife habitat, and prevent and manage wildfires.
  • Colorado’s spectacular public lands—so important to our economy and quality of life—are in need of restoration and stewardship.
  • Foundations, businesses, non-profits, government agencies and community volunteers are teaming up to give veterans and young people paid opportunities to accomplish this important work.

Everyone benefits. Veterans and young people earn wages, scholarships for education, and transferable job skills. Colorado’s economy grows stronger. Our public lands receive much-needed restoration work and remain unspoiled for future generations to enjoy.

Partnerships such as these are part of a bold national effort to build a 21st Century Service Corps (21CSC) that will put thousands of America’s young people and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors.

Built upon the historical achievements of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and ‘40s, the movement to create a new 21CSC has gained tremendous bi-partisan support from the Western Governors’ Association, four past Secretaries of State, numerous tribal governments, the Obama administration, and dozens of state and regional elected officials. General Stanley McChrystal, who commanded U.S. troops in Afghanistan, is a spokesman and committed champion for building this new avenue for national service.

The Conservation Lands Foundation has signed on as a partner in this 21CSC effort. We’re excited to be among early participants crafting successful funding partnerships that can serve as models for this fast-moving national movement. And again, we are grateful to the business representatives who joined us in Denver last week to learn more about it. We hope you’ll join us.

For more information, please contact Charlotte Overby, Rivers and Restoration Programs Director, Conservation Lands Foundation. char@conservationlands.org; or phone: 573-356-9493.

Top photo: Southwest Conservation Corps Veterans Fire Crew, photo courtesy SWCC. Above photo: Courtesy of the 21CSC Advisory Committee.

Top photo: Southwest Conservation Corps Veterans Fire Crew, photo courtesy SWCC. Above photo: Courtesy of the 21CSC Advisory Committee.