On the heels of the "Roaring Twenties" and following the market crash of 1929, the Great Depression engulfed
and flowed unchecked across our Land. Economic hard times were everywhere. Many Americans became homeless. Families were split up; forced to live apart. Children became orphans. There was little gainful employment. To help ease the unemployment situation, one of the first things President Franklin Roosevelt did in office, was to establish the Civilian Conservation Corp, the CCC. He did this with a stroke of a pen on America March 31, 1933.
The purpose of this CCC program was to put unemployed young men to work in useful, needed conservation projects around the country. The plan was swiftly put in motion. Within 3 months, over 275,000 enrollees and supervisors were signed up across the nation and began work on critical conservation projects planned by foresters, or, as the case might have been, park service rangers, soil conservationists and extension educators.
In the 9 years from 1933 until the CCC program phase-out in 1942, there were over 3 million enrollees and more than 1,600 camps throughout the country. Many CCC projects included fire-fighting, tree-planting, road-building, development of parks, forests and erosion control of farm land...Conservation projects quite evident, as we travel the land, today. The good works of the CCC in one state could be mirrored by the many achievements of the CCC in any state.
For more educational resources on the CCC click the link: http://www.wva-ccc-legacy.org/educational_opportunities.html