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Civilian Conservation Corps: Transforming America’s Landscape

Civilian Conservation Corps Overview and History

The Birth of the CCC

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a remarkable initiative of the New Deal era, was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933. This program not only aimed to combat the crippling effects of the Great Depression but also sought to revitalize the nation’s deteriorating natural resources. Young men were enrolled and deployed across the country to work on various environmental projects.

The Impact

The CCC played a pivotal role in environmental conservation and public works. Enrollees, often referred to as “CCC boys”, worked on forest preservation, soil erosion control, and national park development. The program also had a profound social impact, providing employment, education, and sustenance to thousands during a time of great need.


Though the CCC was disbanded in 1942, its legacy lives on in the trails, parks, and forests it helped create and preserve. The program not only reshaped America’s physical landscape but also laid the groundwork for future environmental conservation efforts.

CCC Projects by State and County


  • Coconino County
    • Flagstaff: Coconino National Forest
  • Gila County
    • Payson: Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
  • Pima County
    • Tucson: Saguaro National Park


  • Los Angeles County
    • Los Angeles: Angeles National Forest
  • Marin County
    • Sausalito: Golden Gate National Recreation Area
  • San Diego County
    • San Diego: Cleveland National Forest



  • Beaver County
    • Beaver: Fishlake National Forest
  • Carbon County
    • Price: Nine Mile Canyon
  • Duchesne County
    • Duchesne: Ashley National Forest
  • Garfield County
    • Panguitch: Bryce Canyon National Park

The CCC’s work across these states highlights the extensive reach and diverse nature of its projects, from national parks to forests and canyons.