Act Now for Jobs for Youth & Protecting Public Lands

Act Now for Jobs for Youth & Protecting Public Lands
The Corps Network
March 27, 2013

Take two minutes to make your voice heard! 

http://gallery.mailchimp.com/f9b05f403f774162c1973fdea/images/Public_Lands_Service_Corps_Act_Widget_500w.jpgIn March 2013, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced H.R 1351, The Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013. This legislation mirrors the Senate bill, S. 360, that Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced in the U.S. Senate in February 2013.

So far, the bill has received unprecedented support in both chambers of Congress (click here to see the co-sponsors in the House and Senate). Here's how keep the momentum going.

Jump to: The Bill  |  How to Reach Congress | Talking Points

About the Public Lands Service Corps Act

The Public Lands Service Corps Act will:

  • Through Corps programs, put thousands of young people to work on across America.
     
  • Educate and train the next generation of land managers and environmental stewards.
     
  • Complete millions of dollars of much needed work on our public lands.

Fact sheets. For a graphical fact sheet on the Public Lands Service Corps Act perfect for sharing with your Members of Congress, click here (downloadble PDF). A more detailed explanation of the bill can be found here.

How to Reach Congress

Make a phone call. You can reach any Member of Congress by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Ask for the Member you would like to reach. Once connected, ask to speak to the staff member that handles public lands and/or environment. If you get voicemail, leave a brief message using some of the talking points below.

Send an email. Use SparkAction's zipcode-activated messaging system here to find and email your elected officials.
 

Tweet them. Use the hashtag #PLSCA and write to your Members of Congress. Find your representatives on Twitter with this handy directory. Sample tweets:

  • Senator @MarkWarner, please create jobs for youth and co-sponsor the Public Lands Service Corps Act (S.360)! #PLSCA
     
  • Representative @Jim_Moran, please co-sponsor the Public Lands Service Corps Act (H.R. 1351) and support parks and service! #PLSCA
     
  • @Jim_Moran Here's a great job creation bill: H.R. 1351 We've got your back and thanks for your support! #PLSCA

Messaging and Talking Points

Whether you're calling or writing a note or email, here are some ways to be sure your message is effective.

  • Introduce your local organization or Corps and tell them how this important legislation will help promote youth service jobs and career development on our nation’s public lands.   
     
  • Tell them how your Corps is making a difference in their state or district!  Share local stories of recent corps projects and Corpsmember success stories.  
     
  • Explain to them how this legislation will make it easier for your organization to partner with the federal land and water management agencies, expand the scope of projects your organization or local Corps is eligible for, and allow Corpsmembers expanded career pathways into natural resource management after they complete their service.
     
  • Urge your Senators to co-sponsor the Public Lands Service Corps Act (S.360), introduced by Sen. Tom Udall. They can sign on to S. 360 by contacting Jeanette Lukens (202-224-6621).
     
  • Urge your Representatives to co-sponsor the Public Lands Service Corps Act (H.R. 1351), introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva. They can sign on to H.R. 1351 by contacting Brandon Bragato (202-225-2435).
     
  •  If your Senator or Representative has already signed on to the bill, call their office and thank them for their support.

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