The Public Lands Service Coalition

Table of Contents

The Benefits of Public Lands Service Corps
Goals of the Public Lands Service Coalition 
How the PLSC plans to meet these goals
PLSC Member list 

The Public Lands Service Coalition (PLSC) is a group of Corps and other organizations dedicated to promoting and supporting youth service jobs and career development on public/tribal lands and waters.  Each year, Coalition members engage more than 17,000 young people in jobs and service opportunities outdoors. These opportunities are increasingly important as America addresses: record-high youth unemployment, the billions of dollars of backlogged maintenance needs on public lands, the need for future federal public lands employees, the national youth obesity epidemic, and the disengagement of youth from the great American outdoors.

The Corps Network is a Steering Committee Member of The Public Lands Service Coalition (PLSC). We house its staff in our Washington, D.C. office and share many mutual goals with the Coalition, which is largely comprised of a subset of our membership that is particularly passionate about connecting youth to public lands.

A major goal of the PLSC is to pass the Public Lands Service Corps Act. In short, the Act would expand opportunities for youth corps on federal lands. A more detailed explanation of the Act can be found here.


Youth at work on public lands expands a win-win with large-scale benefits
Investing in young adults to receive the training and employment they need to accomplish service projects on public lands results in a compounding of benefits, including:

  • Accomplishment of important work
  • Cost-effective outcomes
  • Leveraging of resources
  • Connection of communities to public lands
  • Getting young adults outside
  • Development of a diverse future workforce
  • Engagement of under-represented communities
  • Support of local economies


The Goals of the Public Lands Service Coalition

Goal: Create 100,000 meaningful jobs and career development opportunities per year for young people and Veterans through high quality conservation corps on public/tribal lands and waters by 2020 by increasing the annual public and private investment in corps to $1B. Use paid service as a pivotal strategy to address pressing national issues including:

  1. The $25 billion of backlogged maintenance and resource management needs on public/tribal lands and waters
  2. The disengagement of youth from the great American outdoors and from their communities, and the need for transition and career development programs from returning Veterans
  3. The high youth and Veteran unemployment along with the need for diverse future natural resource, outdoor industry and land manager employees
  4. Growing health issues (including youth obesity) related to sedentary population

Click here to read the PLSC Principles. 

Replicate and Expand Existing Program Models to Achieve Scale
Expand existing program models through the existing network of conservation corps, Student Conservation Association (SCA) and similar organizations that mobilize young people on conservation service projects in urban, rural and wildland areas in all 50 states.

Three-component strategy to reach our goal:

1.     Expand the public/tribal investment in conservation service

  • Support the full implementation and funding of the 21CSC as an umbrella effort to support the existing network of PLC programs
  • Pass the Public Lands Service Corps Act
  • Position PLC programs to play a major role in the Veterans Job Corps
  • Increase funding for youth service and employment activities through the Departments of Interior, Agriculture (US Forest Service) and Commerce (NOAA).

2.     Raise the profile of conservation service on public/tribal lands and waters

  • Position PLC programs through outreach, events, marketing, and public relations as a preeminent strategy for meeting the goals of AGO, 21CSC, and public/tribal land management agencies.
  • Publicize PLC program evaluation conducted by researchers at Texas A&M University that demonstrates the links between PLC programs and increased involvement in outdoor recreation/increased interest in natural resource/outdoor industry jobs

3.     Create simplified pathways to engage experienced partner organizations

  • Tap and expand the infrastructure of non-profit and local/state government organizations that have significant experience engaging young people in public lands service. Don’t duplicate services or try to ‘reinvent the wheel’ with new federally-operated programs.
  • Use ‘cooperative agreements’ versus ‘contracts’ to purposefully acknowledge that the activities involve more than just completing the work, but also engaging and educating youth, instilling work and life skills, and orienting youth to public service careers.


Steering Committee Members

Partner Members

Supporting Members