The Corps Network Congratulates Incoming Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland

The National Association of Service and Conservation Corps Celebrates the Historic Swearing-In of the First Native American Cabinet Secretary, Looks Forward to Working with Secretary Haaland to Help Manage Our Resources, Create Opportunities for Young People
Secretary Haaland, as a U.S. Representative, meeting with a Corpsmember from Rocky Mountain Youth Corps-NM
on Capitol Hill in February 2020.

WASHINGTON, DC – The Corps Network, the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, congratulates Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) on her swearing-in this week as the 54th U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

A statement from Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network:

On behalf of the 133 member organizations of The Corps Network, I wish sincere congratulations to incoming Secretary Deb Haaland on her historic swearing-in.

For decades, America’s Service and Conservation Corps have had mutually beneficial relationships with the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and other agencies within the Department of the Interior. We look forward to working with Secretary Haaland to advance opportunities for young Americans to serve on public and Tribal lands and waters and help address priority activities of the Department and the Interior. We have appreciated the Secretary’s support for New Mexico-based Corps – including Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (NM) and programs of Conservation Legacy – and are excited for Corps across the country to build partnerships with the Department of the Interior under her leadership.

The Corps Network stands ready to collaborate with Secretary Haaland on implementation of the Indian Youth Service Corps initiative and the Biden Administration’s Civilian Climate Corps initiative. We respect the Secretary’s work to champion civil rights and the sustainability of our resources. Through public-private partnerships, Corps and Interior can work together to maintain natural and cultural resources and provide training and educational opportunities to the next, more diverse generation of conservation and preservation professionals.

We are pleased to support Secretary Haaland’s leadership during this pivotal time in our country’s history.