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Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps

Franklin Roosevelt faced a problem when the Great Depression put millions of able-bodied men out of work. His response included national service programs like the CCC, Civilian Conservation Corps. He believed that this civilian “tree army” would relieve the rural unemployed and keep youth “off the city street corners.”
Formed in March 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps, CCC, was one of the first New Deal programs. CCC camps were established in communities across America. The Corps helped to build and improve roads, construct three lakes, create infrastructure at newly charted state parks, Each camp afforded purposeful work for hundreds of men and had a lasting impact in the area it was built.
Camp commanders had army-like powers and workers were required to address superiors as “sir.” By September 1935 over 500,000 young men had lived in CCC camps. The men planted millions of trees on land made barren from fires, dug canals and ditches, built wildlife shelters, stocked rivers and lakes with nearly a billion fish, restored historic battlefields, and cleared beaches and campgrounds.
In all, nearly 3 million young men participated in the CCC provided unexpected preparation for the massive call-up in World War II.
CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) boys putting up a fence. Greene County, Georgia
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Fire Control: Lookouts - Arizona

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Road Construction - New Mexico

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

1148th CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps] Recreation Hall

This is a photograph of the 1148th CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps] Recreation Hall. Danby, VT. Construction Project Photographs

1148th CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps] Mountainside View

This is a photograph of the mountain side View of 1148th CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps] camp, located in Danby, VT. Construction Project Photographs

1148th CCC Danby, Vermont

This is a photograph of the 1148th CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps] building located in Danby, VT. Construction Project Photographs

1148th CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps] Car

This is a photograph of a car used by 1148th CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps] in Danby, VT. There is an unidentified male standing to the right. Construction Project Photographs

1148th CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps] Bridge

Bridge used by 1148th CCC in Danby, VT. Unknown male standing in center. Construction Project Photographs

1148th CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps] Mess Hall

This is a photograph of the mess hall for the 1148th Co. CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps]. Danby, VT. Construction Project Photographs

1148th CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps] Barracks

This is a photograph of the 1148th CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps] Barracks located in Danby, VT. Construction Project Photographs

1148th CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps] Aerial View

This is a photograph of the 1148th CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps] camp in Danbury, VT. Construction Project Photographs

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Celebration at Oglala

Original caption: Miscellaneous (C.C.C. Celebration at Oglala). Pine Ridge Agency: Miscellaneous Photographs

Photograph of Deer Gun Found in Woods by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Boy Timer Surveying

Original caption: Deer gun found in woods by CCC boy timer surveying. Barrel holds 12 gauge shell. Historic Photographs

Photograph of Front View of United States Forest Service and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Exhibit Building from the Michigan State Fair

Original caption: Front view of U.S. Forest Service and CCC Exhibit Bldg. Michigan Sate Fair, Detroit. Lower Mi NF. Historic Photographs

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Enrollee Checks Moisture Content Strips at Fire Weather Station at Thronton CCC Camp

Original caption: Fire Control, Research, New Hampshire, White Mountain National Forest. CCC enrollee checking weight of moisture content strips at the fire weather station at Thornton CCC Camp. Taken by B. W. ... more

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Enrollees on Fire Truck

Original caption: Fire Control, Suppression, New Hampshire, White Mountain National Forest. A group of intent young CCC enrollees seated aboard the U. S. Forest Service fire truck on the way to the fire. Taken ... more

Gale River Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp Forest Fire Fighting Demonstration

Original caption: Fire Control, Suppression, New Hampshire, White Mountain National Forest. Close-up of enrollee from Gale River CCC Camp operating fire hose during demonstration of forest fire fighting methods... more

Photograph of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Planting Crew

Original caption: CCC planting crew planting 2-0 red pine in furrows using Michigan planting bars. (Enrollees from Mormon Creek CCC camp.). Historic Photographs

Photograph of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Enrollee James Wasson

Original caption: CCC enrollee James Wasson (Tell City CCC Camp) doing telephone line maintenance, working splicing wire and taking up the slack on the Bryantsville-Shoals Section of the Bedford- Tell City Tele... more

Photograph of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Enrollee Crew Planting

Original caption: CCC enrollee crew planting 2-0 red pine and 2-0 jack pine in furrows, using a planting mattock. Historic Photographs

Photograph of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Enrollees are Trained on the Job

Original caption: CCC enrollees are trained on the job. Enrollee Carl Simon of Luna Lake CCC Camp is shown putting insulators on a telephone pole on re-routed telephone line from Virginia, Minn. to the Sand Lak... more

Photograph of Portable Power Pumper Unit Carried by Four Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Enrollees

Original caption: Portable Power Pumper unit (Pac. Marine type N) carried by four CCC enrollees. L to R: E. Vessel, R. Widstrom, S. Choan, and Irving Westerberg. Further description refer to Form #166. Historic... more