Civilian Conservation Corps

"Fireside Chat"

The Civilian Conservation Corps will have a long lasting positive affect for many aspects of America. Right now in the year of 1933, our economy is in need of assistance. One way to improve the financial system is to create jobs. The Civilian Conservation Corps does exactly that. It is a public relief program that provides jobs for unemployed and unmarried men who were between the ages of 18 and 26. The Department of Labor is responsible for choosing and registering applicants. This course will also improve the environment because it focuses on natural resource conservation. Many of these projects will center their attention on forestry, flood control, prevention of soil erosion, and fighting forest fires. Many programs will be operated by the War Department, but men are not under military control. Most of the work projects take place in the western parts of the United States. However, the majority of country’s unemployed men lived in the eastern parts of the nation. To solve this issue, the War Department will transport thousands of members to work camps from induction centers. The Agriculture and Interior departments are in charge of managing and organizing work that will be performed in each state. Camps will be set up in all states, as well as in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. With so many locations and so many jobs available, we anticipate making a large improvement environmentally and economically in the United States.

"Roosevelt's Tree Army"

Imediate Impact:
The Civilian Conservation Corps or the CCC was a way to preserve the land while also creating new jobs for America's young men. Young and unemployed men were recruited and enlisted into a "peacetime army." Their war was against the destruction of the nation's natural resources. It is estimated that the CCC was responsible for planting about three billion trees from the year 1933 to the year 1942. During the Dust Bowl the CCC and helped with reforestation. The main requirement to be a part of the CCC was U.S citizenship. Physical fitness was important due to the labor involved with the job. Men had to be between the ages of 18 and 26; as well as unmarried and unemployed. Some people even believed that the CCC was responsible for a reduction in crime rates.

Long Term Impact:
The Civilian Conservation Corps was closed in 1942. However, in the 1970's, more conservation groups were created that were modeled after the CCC. The programs today focus on having young adults, ages 16 to 25, take part in community service, training, and educational activities. There are approximately 113 groups in the United States. In 2004, there were over 23,000 people registered in these programs. The Corps Network is one of the many programs. It works to develop and improve the corps movements throughout the United States.

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