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American Eagle Outfitters pledges $1 million for public land effort

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivers the keynote speech during the Western Governor's Association annual report at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Las Vegas, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. The association includes governors from 19 states in the West, as well as Guam and American Samoa. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Erik Verduzco) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; LAS VEGAS SUN OUT
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Erik Verduzco)

American Eagle Outfitters pledged $1 million Wednesday to help train and hire young people and veterans to care for public lands.

The donation is part of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s effort to raise $20 million from private groups by 2017 to build a “21st Century Conservation Service Corps” that would work and volunteer to maintain public lands.

Jewell has made the effort one of her top priorities, noting in a speech on her vision for the department that young people are increasingly disconnected from the outdoors.

Lenny Bernstein covers health and medicine. He started as an editor on the Post’s National Desk in 2000 and has worked in Metro and Sports.

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