members, students, and veterans who volunteer to work on service projects in National Parks, National Forests and Grasslands, and other federally managed land units to help with a wide range of conservation, preservation, and recreation projects while learning skills that can be translated to the workplace. Corps members can acquire valuable training in preservation trades while federal agencies address historic preservation needs on public lands. Federal agencies are confronting other challenges in maintaining and protecting the historic properties in their care. Funding for maintenance is key to ensuring the preservation of federal historic properties but has not always been steadily available to agencies. The Great American Outdoors Act of 2020 authorizes more than $9 billion toward addressing a deferred maintenance backlog on federal lands, primarily in National Parks but is also directed to facilities of the USFS, BLM, and FWS. The Act represents a dramatic step toward upgrading and repairing thousands of facilities, including many historic properties, which allow Americans to enjoy the nation’s public lands. As such work moves forward, it will create demand for the skilled building trades needed to accomplish these repairs.
In 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) completed a phased renovation of the Main Building (Building No. 1) at the South Bronx Job Corps Center, Bronx, NY.The work consisted of mechanical, electrical, and architectural upgrades throughout the building, and major restoration and renovation to the exterior façade. DOL worked closely with the NewYork SHPO to coordinate design and construction requirements in keeping with the historical integrity of the building. (DOL)
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