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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Regional CCC Heritage Organization Formed

Regional CCC Heritage Organization Formed

ccccrewAn organization that preserves the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps has been established in the region, known as the CCC Legacy Foundation/Lumber Heritage Region Chapter. Potter is one of 15 counties covered by the new chapter, recognizing the accomplishments of 86 CCC camps. More information is available by calling 814-486-0213 or sending an email to Mike Wennin at mwennin@lumberheritage.org

America was in the middle of the Great Depression when the Civilian Conservation Corps was born. President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the recruitment of thousands of unemployed young men. Susquehannock State Forest had 10 camps, eight of which were in Potter County. The forest had a new workforce of young men who built roads and primitive bridges, planted trees, fought fires and inventoried the forest. As work progressed and projects were completed, some camps were closed or relocated. Often, Corps members would move from camp to camp.

Remnants are easy to find. The pavilion at Cherry Springs State Park was built by the CCC. In fact, much of the park was created by S-136 (Cherry Springs) and S-88 (Lyman Run), two of the camps in Potter County. By 1940, more than 160,000 young men had participated in CCC activities in Pennsylvania, 80 percent of them from urban areas. The United States’ entry into World War II spelled the end of the CCC. By that time, the Corps members had planted nearly 50 million trees in Pennsylvania and left a legacy for past, present and future generations to enjoy.

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

Should have been done long ago when a lot of them were still with us.

Anonymous said...

anyone know why there isn't a program like this today? there's probably a few people on public assistance that don't want to be, and would rather work at things such as these people did. The number of people working for CCC at that time is more than the current number on welfare in Pa. How much better would we all be if, instead of welfare, we offered a job through a program like CCC? Also, it would provide an example to young kids of how a work ethic can be maintained even when the times are tough.

Anonymous said...

There sort of was a program in place like that but it was shut down. I think it was called PCC. I think the lack of participation because it was somewhat volenteer. You are right though. Anyone applying for assistance should be given a physical and a drug test and if deemed able bodied should have to go to work in a program like this. It should be the only option for them. I think you would shake out who really needs the help from the rest of the lazy bastards that just do not want to work.

Anonymous said...

I'll tell you why, look at those men. Rock hard and ready to tackle any job assigned. Todays youth eat too many sandwiches at SHEETZ bought on their ACCESS card. Go ahead and offer them a chance like this and they will say "What..go outside?, live in a camp and have a structured day...only eating when the camp calls chow?