||NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMS
environmentally-sound methods in agriculture, forestry, and other
industries generally are quite labor-intensive, and will usually create
more jobs. However, periods of job transition to implement such
methods can be disruptive; and in the short range, some jobs may be
|It is understandable that
workers who may be affected by such transitions may fear job loss,
particularly in times of high un-employment. Such fears of job
loss by such workers sometimes get translated into opposition to needed
||To alleviate the hardship
of job loss, the Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs recommends that
Congress enact a major public works program. This should provide
jobs in rebuilding our aging infrastructure, and for cleaning up and
restoration of natural resources such as those damaged by toxic waste
dumps, and other pollutants.
|Such legislation has been
introduced by Representative Martinez of California, and this
legislation deserves the support of all conservationists.
||The Federation also
recommends the establishment of a youth jobs program, such as the
1930's CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). This program train and
employ youth in the care and preservation of state and federal forests;
as well as national, state, and local wetlands, trails, shorelines, and
|Such a program would
introduce inner-city youth to outdoor environments. It would give
such youths an alternative to the crime and drugs of city streets along
with accomplishing needed environmental preservation.
|The Federation of
Outdoor Clubs recommends that Members and Member Clubs send copies of
this resolution to Representative Martinez, to President Clinton, and
to their respective federal legislators.
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