09.16.22

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand and Support Forestry Programs, Job Opportunities for Job Corps Students

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced a bipartisan bill, the  “Civilian Conservation Center Enhancement Act,” with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to expand and support specialized forestry and wildland firefighter training for Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center students and ensure a pipeline to good-paying jobs for Job Corps graduates. 

“Montana Job Corps Centers help train and prepare young Montanans to enter the workforce,” Daines said. “These centers play an irreplaceable role in our communities especially as the threat of wildfires grow and the forestry sector continues to face labor shortages. Expanding the forestry curriculum, supporting these centers, and ensuring students have a pipeline to long-term careers will help create more job opportunities for young Montanans and protect our communities.” 

Read the bill HERE.

In August, Daines co-led a group of bipartisan senators in sending a letter to the Biden administration urging more support for the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers to meet the need for more wildland firefighters and wood products workforce in Montana and across the country.

  

 Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Blake Kernen