Saturday, May 31, 2014

Accomplishments of the National Youth Administration (part 4 of 10): Conservation and Environmental Work

(WPA poster, by artist Stanley Thomas Clough. Clough created this poster in Ohio, 1938. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.)

From 1935 to 1943 the National Youth Administration planted 19 million trees and shrubs. They also engaged in other conservation and environmental projects, such as building firebreaks, eradication of insect pests, building levees & retaining walls, stocking fish, and much more (Final Report of the National Youth Administration, pp. 141-143).

Considering the environmental challenges today, and the high rate of youth unemployment, do you think a new National Youth Administration would be useful?  

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