• A family trip to a CCC camp, 1930s. Courtesy of the Davie County Public Library via North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.

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    Civilian Conservation Corps [picture of family trip to camp]
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    • 1930-1939
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    • The Civilian Conservation Corps, established in 1933, provided public relief and vocational training designed to relieve unemployment during the Great Depression. The corps performed useful work related to conservation and development of natural reso... more
      The Civilian Conservation Corps, established in 1933, provided public relief and vocational training designed to relieve unemployment during the Great Depression. The corps performed useful work related to conservation and development of natural resources in the United States. The photograph captures a Smith family visit to the Civilian Conservation Corps camp near Elkin, North Carolina, and includes from left to right (first row) Julie Smith, Dot Smith, Eva Mae Smith, George Smith; (second row) Mary S. Smith, Mattie Mabe, Bud Smith, Iris Hepler, and Grant Smith. Grant and Bud Smith worked at the camp prior to entering military service. The Mocksville CCC camp on Wilkesboro Street operated for about two years in the early 1940s. Lester P. Martin Jr. played trumpet in the Mocksville CCC Band. (Courtesy of Estelle Smith.). less
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  • "Panorama crossroads from the Appalachian Trail, Shenandoah National Park, Va." ca. 1940. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library via Digital Commonwealth.

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    Panorama crossroads from the Appalachian Trail, Shenandoah National Park, Va
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    • 1930-1945
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  • "Hikers Entering the Grand Canyon," 1972. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

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    • Environmental Protection Agency. 12/2/1970-.
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  • A view of the Cedar Breaks National Monument visitor center, 1930s. Courtesy of the Southern Utah University via Mountain West Digital Library.

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    Vistor Center
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    • 1930 - 1940
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    • Crawford, J. L. (Jasper Louis), 1914-
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    • View of the Cedar Breaks National Monument's visitor center.
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    • Digital image c2008 Sherratt Library, Southern Utah University. All rights reserved.
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The young men of the CCC planted 2.3 billion trees, representing half the reforestation done in the United States. There were 4,500 camps that provided work relief to over three million men. They completed the Appalachian Trail and created many national parks in the eastern United States. Existing national parks were improved with new roads and structures for visitors. The CCC brought alpine skiing to the United States when they cut the first trails on Mount Mansfield, in what would become Stowe Mountain Resort. The CCC also built Red Rocks in Colorado for performances.

The success of the CCC has inspired other youth work programs centered on conservation, ranging from national non-profits to state-based programs. The National Park System and state park systems would not have been able to expand without the dedicated work of the CCC. Many CCC enrollees held reunions to commemorate their time in the CCC. Visitors to national and state parks today are still able to see many of the structures and improvements that the CCC men built through their efforts.