Public Land Corps

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The Public Land Corps (PLC) is a work and education program offered by the United States National Park Service (NPS) to involve the nation’s conservation and service corps in contributing to the rehabilitation, restoration, and repair of public land's resources and infrastructures. Individuals ages 16–25 participate in PLC through a conservation and service corps partner.

Participants come away from their experience with having gained an understanding of the importance of conservation and preservation, mentoring, counseling, work ethics, work and interpersonal skills, as well as career development. Public Land Corps participants assist the park by repairing or constructing trails, removing invasive species, restoring historic buildings, and other work projects that the NPS could not otherwise accomplish.

Youth are typically recruited and selected through a non-profit partner. The NPS enters into partnership with qualified youth organizations or service and conservation corps that are able to:

  • Offer meaningful, full time, productive work for individuals between the ages of 16 and 25, inclusive, in a natural or cultural resource setting;
  • Provide participants with a mix of work experience, basic and life skills, education, training and support services; and
  • Provide participants with the opportunity to develop citizenship values and skills through service to their community and the United States.

The Public Land Corps was authorized by the National and Community Service Trust Act on May 27, 1993, H.R. 2328.

Participating conservation and service corps[edit]


  • Student Conservation Association[1]


  • Serve Alaska Youth Corps[2]


  • Coconino Rural Environment Corps[3]
  • Southwest Conservation Corps[4]


  • California Conservation Corps[5]
  • Conservation Corps North Bay
  • Los Angeles Conservation Corps[6]


  • Colorado Range Rider Youth Corps[7]
  • Southwest Conservation Corps[4]
  • Western Colorado Conservation Corps
  • Rocky Mountain Youth Corps[8]


  • Maine Conservation Corps[9]



  • Minnesota Conservation Corps[10]


  • Nevada Conservation Corps[11]


  • Northwest Youth Corps[12]


  • Texas Conservation Corps at American YouthWorks


  • Utah Conservation Corps[13]


  • Vermont Youth Conservation Corps[14]


  • EarthCorps
  • Washington Conservation Corps, Department of Ecology
  • Washington Conservation Corps, Department of Natural Resources[15]

West Virginia

  • Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia[16]


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  2. ^ "SAGA: Outdoor Programs in Alaska since 1986". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  3. ^ "CREC - Coconino Rural Environment Corps". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  4. ^ a b "Southwest Conservation Corps - Durango, Tucson, Salida, Acoma". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  5. ^ "California Conservation Corps". 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  6. ^ "LA Conservation Corps - Home". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  7. ^ "注目のコピー機 WEBサイト". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  8. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  9. ^ "Maine Department of Conservation Bureau of Parks & Lands: About the Bureau". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  10. ^ a b "Civic Works". Civic Works. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  11. ^ "Nevada Conservation Corps". The Great Basin Institute. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  12. ^ "Northwest Youth Corps". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  13. ^ "Utah Conservation Corps". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  14. ^ "Vermont Youth Conservation Corps". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  15. ^ "Washington Conservation Corps (WCC)". Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  16. ^ "Citizens Conservation Corps of WV". Retrieved 2012-10-04.