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icon_tree1.gif (182 bytes)     (CCC), established in 1933 by the U.S. Congress as a measure of the New Deal program. The CCC provided work and vocational training for unemployed single young men through conserving and developing the country's natural resources. At its peak in 1935, the organization had more than 500,000 members in over 2,600 camps. These were usually operated by the War Dept., but the men were not subject to military control. In 1939 the CCC was made part of the Federal Security Agency. Beginning in 1940, greater emphasis was placed on projects aiding national defense. Against President Franklin D. Roosevelt's request, Congress abolished the CCC in 1942.

   
icon_tree2.gif (199 bytes)     The CCC, the first Franklin Delano Roosevelt New Deal project, was instituted on March 21, 1933 when the president asked Congress for unemployment relief. The year following FDR's election, 1933, was also the year of America's highest unemployment rate: 24.9 percent.

icon_tree3.gif (233 bytes)    At that time, America was experiencing the first stages of the Great Depression. Banks closed down, unemployment rates soared, and financial needs were great. The CCC brought about significant changes within American society, and alleviated much of the country's unemployment.

icon_tree4.gif (185 bytes)     During this time of high unemployment and uncertainty, the CCC played a dual role in America. It encouraged the nurturing of the environment and it helped the economy. Throughout the duration of the CCC program, 2.5 million out-of-work, physically fit, unmarried, young men aged 18 to 25 found employment. These workers received a weekly $30 salary, but were obligated by contract to send $25 to their families in order to ensure the workers' dependents would be provided for.

icon_tree1.gif (182 bytes)     Members of the CCC planted trees to encourage reforestation and fought tree diseases. They also pruned and harvested trees for state, municipal, and private forests. The men took part in various recreation projects, such as beautifying picnic, camping, and park areas. Their efforts resulted in promoting three times the number of visitors to state parks in 1936.

icon_tree2.gif (199 bytes)     To help the economy, CCC workers across the country constructed 41,000 bridges and built 44,475 buildings. They also constructed 3,982,000 dams as a form of erosion control, and devoted full time to soil conservation work on 4 million acres in 31 states. The men made shelter belts, fire lanes, trails, and rural roads

icon_tree3.gif (233 bytes)     The Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail are examples of some CCC projects that are still around today. The Appalachian Trail is a hiking trail about 2,159 miles long which was started in 1937. It runs from Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain, Georgia. The Pacific Crest Trail is another similar CCC project that runs through California.

icon_tree4.gif (185 bytes)    In addition, the CCC built thousands of campsites in various parks which are still in use. It also built the Blue Ridge Parkway, a highway which runs from Virginia to Tennessee. These projects were completed in association with other crews which were part of the New Deal, such as the Public Works Administration (PWA) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

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